City to open cold weather shelter Friday night

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The City of Richmond will open its Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Friday night, as overnight temperatures are expected to be at or below 35 degrees.

The shelter is located at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duvall Street. It will open at 7:00 p.m. Friday and close at 6:00 a.m. Saturday. The shelter will not be open Saturday night or Sunday night.

Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

From the City of Richmond:

"Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake by 5 p.m. each day for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake is located at the Freedom House Conrad Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way, next to Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Richmond City Jail. 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.

The city's Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept Crisis Assistance applications now through March 15, 2012 at 900 East Marshall Street, Monday through Friday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046. DSS also provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. 

Elderly or disabled residents can also contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m."

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