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Cold weather shelters to open tonight in Pinellas

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According to Pinellas County, shelters will open Monday and Tuesday nights for the area’s homeless to get out of the cold. Temperatures in some areas are expected to drop into the 30s.

Most of the shelters between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and provide individuals with a hot meal for both dinner and breakfast. The shelters close for the day at 6 a.m.

Shelters for adults include:

St. Petersburg

  • Northwest Presbyterian Church

6330 54th Ave. N

St. Petersburg, FL  33706

Church Phone: (727) 544-4551

Capacity: 75

  • Salvation Army

1400 4th St. S

St. Petersburg, FL  33701

Phone: (727) 822-4954

Capacity: 25

  • The Turning Point

1810 5th Ave. N

St Petersburg, FL 33713

Phones: (727) 823-7811

Capacity: 25

Pinellas Park

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast

7790 61st St. N

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Phone: (727) 574-5437

Capacity: 150

NOTE: Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St Petersburg will be provided by Boley, Inc. Scheduled pickups from Williams Park and St. Vincent de Paul begin between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Clearwater

  • Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church

110 S Ft. Harrison Ave.

Clearwater, FL  33756

Church Phone: (727) 446-3001

Capacity:  75

(Note: This shelter opens at 5 p.m.)

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

Families will be placed in family shelters on cold nights. Families should call 2-1-1 to make these arrangements.

More information is on the county’s website.

St. Pete sees the highest concentration of homeless around Williams Park and St. Vincent DePaul off Fifth Avenue North. The city also has a homeless outreach team consisting of law enforcement and a social worker that visits areas where homeless are known to congregate to help them connect to services.

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Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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