Here’s where cold weather shelters are opening in Central Florida this weekend

With temperatures forecast to drop to near freezing this weekend, counties across Central Florida are planning to open cold weather shelters for those in need.

See a county-by-county guide below:


Flagler County

The Sheltering Tree will open a cold-weather shelter Friday and Saturday night at the Church on the Rock, located at 2200 N. State St., not only for the homeless, but for anyone who is without heat.

The cold-weather shelter will open at 5:30 p.m. each evening and will close at 8 a.m. the following day.

The county will provide bus transportation along two routes, following the schedules below:

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  • Dollar General at Publix Town Center, 3:30 p.m.
  • Near the McDonald’s at Old Kings Road South and State Road 100, 4 p.m.
  • Dollar Tree by Carrabba’s and Walmart, 4:30 p.m.
  • Palm Coast Main Branch Library, 4:45 p.m.
  • Dollar General at County Road 305 and Canal Avenue in Daytona North, 4 p.m.
  • Bunnell Free Clinic, 4:30 p.m.
  • First United Methodist Church in Bunnell, 4:30 p.m.

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Lake County

Lake County will open two cold-weather shelters and one warming center to assist those vulnerable to freezing temperatures predicted over the weekend. LakeXpress will provide free transportation to riders who need assistance traveling to the shelters. The shelter route schedule can be found here.

Residents who do not have access to the LakeXpress fixed route bus service or the pickup locations and need transportation to travel to a cold weather shelter on Friday or Saturday must call Lake County Connection at 352-742-2612 by 1 p.m. on Thursday to arrange transportation for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To arrange transportation for Saturday only, residents should call by 1 p.m. on Friday.

The shelter locations below will begin accepting residents on Friday and will stay open through Sunday morning, Jan. 15.

Trinity Assembly of God, 200 Urick St., Fruitland Park, will begin accepting residents at 5:30 p.m. and close at 7 a.m.

LifePointe Church, 3551 E. Orange Ave., Eustis, will begin accepting residents at 5 p.m. Friday and will close at 8 a.m.

An additional Salvation Army warming shelter, 2605 South St., Leesburg, will be open for residents during the day. The warming shelter will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Osceola County

First United Methodist Church St. Cloud, 1000 Ohio Avenue, St. Cloud, will open its doors at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Those needing transportation to the shelter location can travel at no cost using LYNX buses by alerting drivers that they will be going to the cold weather shelter.

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Orange County

Orange County will open a weather warming center beginning Friday. at 5 p.m. through Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Goldenrod Recreation Center/Goldenrod Park, 4863 N Goldenrod Road, Winter Park.

The overflow site will help Homeless Services Network if capacity is reached at HSN’s partner agencies that provide shelters, listed below:

  • Coalition for the Homeless Shelter, 18 N. Terry Ave., Orlando
  • The Salvation Army Orlando, 416 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando
  • Orlando Union Rescue Mission, 3300 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Regional LYNX buses will provide free rides for individuals seeking transportation to the listed HSN shelters. Riders must let the LYNX driver know that they need to go to a shelter. The LYNX driver will transport those in need to the nearest HSN shelter location.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.