3 cold-night shelters open as overnight temps drop

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With overnight temperatures forecast to dip into the low 30s, even upper 20s, by dawn Wednesday, area homeless shelters are opening extra beds Tuesday night to those seeking a warm place to stay.

The Salvation Army will open its facility at 900 West Adams Street starting at 6:30 p.m. for a second night. The first 60 people to arrive will receive a hot dinner, a warm place to sleep and breakfast.

The organization routinely provides shelter and protection to those who don’t have a place to stay when temperatures outside fall below 42 degrees.

Starting at 2:30 p.m., the City Rescue Mission will begin check-in for individuals and families who wish to stay the night at its New Life Inn facility on West State Street.

Overnight guests will receive a hot meal along with access to showers and clean clothing.

“We want to make sure that Jacksonville citizens without a home have warm shelter and a hot meal,” executive director Penny Kievet said.

Sulzbacher is opening temporary sleeping areas in dining rooms and library areas for men at its Downtown campus, 611 East Adams St., and for women and families at Sulzbacher Village, 5455 Springfield Blvd. Breakfast will also be provided the following morning, as well as winter weather coats and jackets, donated by the community.

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