The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT from 7pm-7am.
Webinar from Friday, October 29, 2021 at 4:00pm CT
Nashville Cold Weather Community Response
From November 1 through March 31, the Nashville community is collaborating on implementing our Cold Weather Community Response Plan. The plan focuses on giving people who experience homelessness the best possible information and assistance to seek emergency shelter indoors - especially during extremely cold weather situations.
Metro is working closely with the community. Metro government is prepared to activate an overflow shelter at 28 degrees Fahrenheit for unhoused and unsheltered individuals and families when primary community shelters have reached capacity.
From November 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021 (or as otherwise announced on this site), Metro’s cold weather overflow sheltering plan will activate when the National Weather Service’s official local forecast is predicted to reach 28 degrees Fahrenheit or below (for zip code 37203), and the Metro overflow shelter will begin receiving guests when primary community partner shelters reach maximum capacity. Determination of opening a Metro overflow shelter is based on the weather prediction on the afternoon prior to any overflow operation. Subscribe to TEXT updates by texting the word Nashvillewinter to 84483.
This year's Metro overflow shelter will be set up at the 3230 Brick Church Pike, Nashville, TN 37207. A Transportation "Hub and Spoke" plan has been implemented for outreach workers to drop off individuals at designated locations in West, East, North, and South Nashville, to catch free vans to WeGo Central. Community partners will also receive instructions on after-hours overflow shelter drop-off procedures. People going to the shelter will ride free from WeGo Central on WeGo Public Transit line 23B between the hours of 7pm-11pm on Shelter nights. There are also seasonal cold weather activated passes available from outreach. Click here for a one sheet describing the plan to post at your location and to distribute in your outreach.
Metro overflow shelter is accessible for men, women, couples, and people with pets. Standard hours of operation upon activation are 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
How to Stay Informed during the winter season (Nov. 1-March 31):
Each morning by 9 am, we will update the status of this page. We will post any updates immediately as we have the information.
Information Phone Line: 615-862-6391
Each morning by 9 am, an updated recording on Metro's Extreme Weather Information Line will inform you whether the Metro's overflow shelter is open.
During winter, the Extreme Weather Facebook page will post when Metro opens an overflow shelter.
Nashville Rescue Mission
Men, Women & Women with minor children:
Please go to the men's campus at 639 Lafayette Street. Phone number: 615-255-2475
The Mission will not be able to help with people on the registry due to children being on the campus. These individuals should go to the Metro Overflow Shelter at 3230 Brick Church Pike.
Room In The Inn
Room In The Inn works with congregations to provide shelter beds each night.
Information sessions offered on a regular basis at Room In The Inn's Day Center for shelter orientation and eligibility. Participating congregations are hosting at a limited capacity due to Covid-19.
Youth Sheltering -
Launch Pad shelters youths ages 18-24 will have longer term hotel stays for LGBTQ youth this winter. In Cold Weather emergencies, youth 18-24 without a room should go to the mission or the Metro Overflow Shelter, who will contact Launch Pad to see if there is availability.
Unaccompanied youth ages 13-17 should call the Oasis Center's 24-hour youth crisis line at 615-327-4455
Outreach & Canvassing
Due to the COVID pandemic, Open Table Nashville will engage in day-time outreach and canvassing when the weather is predicted to reach 28 degrees Fahrenheit or below and is training volunteers to help with ongoing canvassing during the winter months and connect people experiencing homelessness with information about available shelter options. Visit the Outreach page for information on cold weather injuries.
Please contact Open Table Nashville for training opportunities.
People with Pets
Overall Pet Policy:
Metro will allow service animals at all sites. Access for any other pets is site-specific. Tennessee's public accommodation law and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows for people with disabilities to bring their service animals to all public accommodations.
Please contact all non-Metro shelters for their pet policies. Service animals that are trained are permitted at most locations. Please be aware that companion pets are not considered service animals.
From December 2020 through March 2021, Nashville Rescue Mission will have available spaces set aside for people with pets. Please contact Nashville Rescue Mission at 615-255-2475 for specific information.