Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the FY20/21 Winter season's cold weather overflow shelter.

A big THANK YOU to staff at Metro Social Services, Nashville Rescue Mission, Room In The Inn, Open Table Nashville, Nashville Homeless Connect, WeGo Public Transit, Metro Police, Parks, and Sheriff's Office, Fairgrounds personnel, and so many more. A very special thank you goes to Metro Social Services' dedicated workers who ran the Metro overflow shelter 24/7 during the 2021 winter storm.

Please check back in November for regular updates.

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.

This year's Metro overflow shelter will be set up at the Nashville Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Avenue. Law enforcement partners will be available to transport individuals requiring overflow shelter services beyond normal transportation hours of operation. Community partners will also receive instructions on after-hours overflow shelter drop-off procedures.


Metro’s overflow shelter is located at the Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, TN 37203. The 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. 

People can be dropped off by an outreach worker or use WeGo Public Transit bus line 52 to the Fairgrounds. 

​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.


Facebook Page:

During winter, the Extreme Weather Facebook page will post when Metro opens an overflow shelter.

Nashville Rescue Mission



Please go to the men's campus at 639 Lafayette Street. Phone number: 615-255-2475


Single Women & Women with minor children


Please go to the women's campus at 1716 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

Phone: 615-312-1574


After Hours: families with minor children should contact the Women's Shelter. They will be redirected to another shelter option in emergency situations.

Room In The Inn




Room In The Inn is located at 705 Drexel Street. Their phone number is 615-251-7019.


Due to the COVID pandemic, Room In The Inn will have limited capacity this winter and will only be able to serve single men.

Room In The Inn will work with their guests to fill available congregation beds through their Day Center operation.


Youth Sheltering -
Launch Pad

Launch Pad shelters youths ages 18-24 at a motel from Nov. 1-March 31.

Room reservations are required.


In cold weather emergencies Launch Pad will check with motel staff to determine the number of additional available rooms and communicate that number to cold weather response partners. 

Partner agencies will have to contact Launch Pad first to reserve a room.

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.

Open Table Nashville's Survival Tips & Shelter Information Brochure

Open Table Nashville's Outreach Training Brochure for Volunteers


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.