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Richmond, VA – The city’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, January 3, and remain open through Friday, January 7, 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 will open daily at 7 p.m. and close 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. each day 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 Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and 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 serve as a Day Warming Shelter today through Tuesday, March 15, 2011; from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Clients will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Conrad Center is located at 1400 Oliver Hill Way. For more information please call Melba Gibbs, Executive Director at (804) 233-4064 ext. 205.

The city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept Crisis Assistance applications now through March 15 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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