Additional cold weather shelter opens in Mecklenburg County

Additional cold weather shelter opens in Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Mecklenburg County is opening up an additional emergency shelter Sunday night due to cold weather.

The  emergency overflow shelter will be opened at the Tuckaseegee Recreation Center, located at 4820 Tuckaseegee Road, in Charlotte at 6 p.m.

This location will close at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 8. The shelter is open to everyone including couples and families.

Red Cross volunteers will operate the shelter with assistance from Mecklenburg County staff. Limited space is still available at the Salvation Army, Men's Shelter of Charlotte, and Room in the Inn.

Once the Men's Shelter of Charlotte has reached capacity, a bus will be provided to transport individuals from the Men's Shelter to the recreation center at 5:45 p.m. The Charlotte Area Transit System also provides a regular bus route (Route #8) that stops near the recreation center.

The Urban Ministry Center Outreach Team will continue to walk through the community to encourage homeless individuals to visit a shelter or provide sleeping bags and blankets if they refuse to go to a shelter.

The shelters are located at the following addresses:

  • Salvation Army Center of Hope – 534 Spratt Street, Charlotte
  • Men’s Shelter of Charlotte – 1210 North Tryon Street, Charlotte
  • Urban Ministry Center (Room in the Inn) – 945 North College Street, Charlotte
  • Tuckaseegee Recreation Center – 4820 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte

Most restrictions for admission to the shelters have been waived during the severe cold weather period.

Individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless can call 211 for referrals and resources for housing assistance and shelter.

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