Metropolitan Ministries is working closely with local county government officials in our region to assist with the cold weather shelters.

We are serving 500 sandwiches and hot meals at the Hillsborough County shelters this weekend.

Donations of blankets, coats, hats, gloves, socks, etc. are welcome at our main campus donation drop off location at 2101 N. Florida Ave. (behind our Bloom Again thrift store).


Hillsborough County’s cold weather shelters program will be activated tonight, Thursday, Jan 26, for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat who are unable to find other accommodations. The National Weather Service expects local temperatures to dip to or below 40 degrees with wind chill in Hillsborough County on those two nights.

Shelter organizers are expecting high demand with limited capacity this season, so residents who need a warm place to stay are encouraged to use all resources like friends and family as a first option.

Hillsborough County is partnering with the following organizations to provide a limited-capacity cold weather shelter for adults. All shelters will take in guests from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. unless they reach capacity prior to that time.

Amazing Love Ministries  
3304 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa, FL 33602

Church of God of Prophecy Hyde Park  
107 S. Oregon Ave., Tampa, FL 33606

Greater New Hope Church Anointed Ministries (Prayer Retreat Center)  
2104 Mud Lake Rd., Plant City, FL 33566

Homeless Helping Homeless  
801 E. Saint Clair St., Tampa, FL 33602

Homeless Helping Homeless  
3008 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Hyde Park United Methodist Church (preferred media location) 
500 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606

New Life Church in Tampa (pet friendly) 
8216 N. 13th St. Tampa, FL 33604

Tampa Bay Mission of Hope  
212 S. St. Cloud Ave. Building A, Valrico, FL 33594

Metropolitan Ministries and Generations Renewed are supplying a limited number of single-night motel vouchers on a first-come, first-served basis for families with minor children. All congregate shelters are reserved for adults only. Pre-registration is required by calling the numbers below. Phone lines turn on at 9 a.m., and the deadline to call is 5 p.m.

  • Families in Tampa call (813) 209-1176
  • Families in Plant City call (813) 562-4495

Organizations interested in hosting a cold weather shelter this season can contact Julie Watkinson, Community Relations Coordinator, at for more information.