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Warming shelters will be open for those looking to escape the cold

Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties will be providing shelter for those in need
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Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-16 06:41:34-05

Southwest Florida is dealing with another cold front. It is the coldest SWFL has felt in nearly a year.

Wind chill advisories will be in effect for some communities. A Frost Advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. with temperatures in the 30s on Monday morning.

Fox 4's weather team has you covered and here's the full forecast.

Charlotte County
The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, 1476 Kenesaw St., Port Charlotte, will provide shelter to persons needing refuge from the cold weather. Guest will need to pre-register by calling 941-627-4313 and arrive by 7 p.m.For information, contact Todd Dunn at 941-740-1929 or Todd.Dunn@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

Lee County
Pine Island Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922
San Carlos Island Comfort Station, 1184 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Warming stations will be open on Pine Island and near San Carlos Island and Fort Myers Beach until 8 a.m. Monday. The stations will provide water, coffee, and blankets for residents in need. These stations are not shelters and are not intended for overnighting.

Roaming warming stations will also be provided by LeeTran buses and will travel along Pine Island, Fort Myers Beach, and San Carlos Island.

On Matlacha and Pine Island a LeeTran Passport van will travel along Pine Island and Stringfellow roads to pick up passengers. Residents should walk to a main road and waive down the LeeTran van.

On Fort Myers Beach and San Carlos Island, a LeeTran bus with “Special” on the header marquee will follow Route 490, which travels from the Beach Park & Ride on Pine Ridge Road to Bay Beach Lane on Fort Myers Beach. Residents should wait at a bus stop along this route to be picked up by the roaming warming station vehicle. Route information can be found on rideleetran.com.

Lee County Human & Veteran Services offers year-round assistance to those experiencing homelessness. The Coordinated Entry program provides access to street outreach services, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, or permanent supportive housing. To access this service call 239-533-7996. The number is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People also can visit the Homeless Resource Day Center at the Salvation Army, 2450 Edison Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901 or download the Lee Reach app which is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Collier County
St. Matthew's House in Naples has two emergency shelters open. The shelters are the Campbell Lodge at 2001 Airport Road South in Naples and the Immokalee Friendship House at 602 W Main Street in Immokalee.

There’s plenty of space for anyone in need of shelter and St. Matthew’s House will provide beds, pillows, blankets, snacks, and coffee in a safe and secure environment for everyone.

Guests will be required to take a breathalyzer test. We’re also asking for donations of blankets, pillows, coats, gloves, and socks for guests staying at our shelters.

North Port
North Port will have a cold weather shelter open at 100 Church located at 14525 Tamiami Trail. This is a way for residents to avoid the cold and stay safe.