Richmond’s cold weather overflow shelter opens to keep locals warm in freezing temps

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Winter has hit us here in Central Virginia.

No matter what your plans are today, being prepared and covering up will help prevent frostbite, which is when the water within your skin actually starts freezing. If you don’t have the means to keep warm in your own home today, the City of Richmond has you covered.

The city’s cold weather overflow shelter will open tonight, Jan. 5 through Thursday, Jan. 7  as temperatures have dropped tremendously. It’s located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter opens each day at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration is from 7 to 9 p.m.

Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

The city’s cold weather day warming site will open on Jan. 6 from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The warming site will open on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8 from 6:30 a.m. until noon. The site is also located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. 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.

The City’s Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

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.

Stay warm!

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