Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open Throughout Weekend

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The following is a press release from the city of Richmond.

The city's cold weather overflow shelter will be open Friday night and through the weekend as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 35 degrees.

The shelter is located at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duval Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake by 5 p.m. 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 the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and the 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 Freedom House Conrad Center will continue to serve as a Day Warming Shelter through March 31, 2012. The Conrad Center is located at 1400 Oliver Hill Way. Operating hours are from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and clients will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, call Executive Director Melba Gibbs at (804) 233-4064 ext. 205.

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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