Richmond’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter open Thursday

Day shelter will also be open on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open Thursday, December 29 as temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees.

The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter opens each evening at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.

Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

Shelter registration is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities (511 W. Grace Street) during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. For individuals who are not eligible for existing shelter space or if all available beds have been filled, Commonwealth Catholic Charities will provide a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

In addition, the City’s Cold Weather Day Warming Shelter will open on Thursday, December 29 from 6:30 a.m. until 10 a.m., and Friday, December 30 from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The site is also located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street.

City residents are also advised that the 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.