Monday, February 1, 2010

City Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open Through Sunday, February 7

The city's Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, February 1 and remain open through Sunday, February 7, as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 35 degrees. The city's Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is located at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duval Street. The hours of operation are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Single adults needing overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. Central intake will provide a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter for individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Residents in need of shelter after Central Intake has closed should proceed directly to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter at 7 p.m.

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.

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