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Metro's overflow shelter opens as temps plunge

Posted: 8:29 AM, Nov 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-10 09:41:21-05
Metro's overflow shelter opens as temps plunge

Metro's overflow shelter has opened as temperatures plunged overnight. A Freeze Warning remains in effect Saturday night across Middle Tennessee. 

When the temperature drops to below freezing, the city of Nashville can add more shelters.

At 5 p.m. on a night that is expected to be cold, a team determines if an overflow shelter is necessary. That is a shelter that is not available all the time.

On Friday night, Metro's overflow shelter opened at 7 p.m. at Shelby Park Community Center.

There are year-round shelter beds at Nashville Rescue Mission, but when temperatures are 28 degrees or colder, the Room In The Inn can open 150-250 additional shelter beds.

Open Table Nashville canvasses the community at 7 p.m. on nights that dip below freezing.

Metro Police officers are deployed to check on people who do not have a permanent home.

In Murfreesboro, the cold patrol said shelters will be open Friday and Saturday night. Sign-in is between 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and dinner will be served. Men can stay at First Baptist Church and women can go to the St. Margaret's entrance of St. Paul Episcopal Church.