City opens its cold weather shelters

Posted at 9:54 AM, Nov 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-12 09:54:31-05

Richmond, Va. – In anticipation of the impending cold blast tonight, the City of Richmond is ready to open its Cold Weather Overflow Shelter tonight, November 12 and again tomorrow night. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. both nights, and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. But you need to check in first at the Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry by 5 p.m.  The CCC is at 5111 West Grace Street. They then refer you to the appropriate shelter for the night.

Temperatures tonight will plunge to and below 40 degrees in the Metro, and by Friday morning be around freezing.

If you need to utilize the shelter or know someone who does, the overflow is located in the Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. Go to the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. Registration at the shelter runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Please note, pets are not allowed at the shelter, and food is not provided.

The City says, “A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.”

If you can remain in your own home, but are concerned about gas or electric disconnection notices, The City’s Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance for residents who qualify. You can call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046 for help.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.