Cold Night Shelter Program Anticipated March 20-21


City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will occur Sunday, March 20 and Monday, March 21. The anticipated temperatures will lead to the activation of the city's Cold Night Shelter (CNS) Program, and it is expected to remain in effect until overnight temperatures rise above 45 F. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

St. Francis House and the Grace Marketplace Empowerment Center will provide Cold Night Shelter services to people in need of shelter as long as local temperatures remain below 45 F. The CNS program providers serve additional persons in need of shelter so that families and individuals desiring shelter will have a warm place to stay. St. Francis House serves families with temporary shelter, bed/blanket and hot breakfast. Grace Marketplace Empowerment Center primarily serves individual adults. Funding for the fiscal year 2016 Cold Night Shelter Program is made available through a $25,000 City of Gainesville Community Development Block Grant.

For more information about the City of Gainesville's Cold Night Shelter Program, please contact Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator John Wachtel at 352-393-8565 or