Friday, January 29, 2010

City Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open Throughout Weekend

The city’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, January 29 through Sunday, January 31, as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 35 degrees for the next several days. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is located at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duval Street. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter’s hours of operation are:

  • Friday, January 29 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 30 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 31 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Central Intake by 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. 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. Residents may call the Freedom House Conrad Center at 648-4177. For individuals who are not eligible for existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled, Central Intake will provide a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter. Residents arriving after Central Intake has closed should proceed directly the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

The Freedom House Conrad Center will also serve as a daytime shelter on the following days:

· Friday, January 29 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· Saturday, January 30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· Sunday, January 31 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Freedom House Conrad Center will serve lunch each day it is open. Transportation between the daytime warming shelter and the nighttime overflow shelter will be provided.

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

If you are elderly or disabled, you can also contact Senior Connections for assistance at 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.