From Nov. 1 - March 31, Room In The Inn is running a congregational shelter program, and Nashville Rescue Mission is on its cold weather protocol and runs overflow space if necessary. Our community is monitoring shelter capacity all winter. So far, Nashville has not reached full capacity yet.

Read the full Cold Weather Community Response Plan for the winter season 2019/20 understand each partners' role.

This year, due to the COVID-19 emergency, the winter shelter program shut down 2 weeks early. Fortunately, Nashville did not reach extremely cold nights during those last two weeks.

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 7, 2019, through March 31, 2020, Metro’s 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 overflow shelter will begin receiving guests when primary community partner shelters reach maximum capacity. Determination of opening an overflow shelter based on the weather prediction happens the afternoon prior to any overflow operation.

Transportation to the Metro overflow shelter will run from a heated staging area from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. An optimal staging area site is being determined in cooperation with homeless advocacy partners. 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 a vacant DCSO dormitory at 5131 Harding Place, Nashville, TN 37211. Standard hours of operation upon activation are 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. There is NO direct access to the overflow shelter.

Read the full press release from Friday, Nov. 8, about Metro's Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Plan.

​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




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

Phone: 615-312-1574


Beds are available for unaccompanied women and women with children at the Women's Shelter.

Room In The Inn


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


Women will need to be at 705 Drexel Street by 11:30  a.m. to access shelter at congregations.


Men will need to be at 705 Drexel Street by 5:15 p.m. to access shelter at congregations.


Families should contact Room In The Inn by phone first.



Youth Sheltering -
Launch Pad

Launch Pad will shelter youths ages 18-24 from Sunday through Friday. Doors open at 8pm.

Reservations are encouraged and need to be made the day of the shelter at


Unaccompanied youth ages 13-17 should call the Oasis Center's 24-hour youth crisis line at 615-327-4455

Outreach & Canvassing

Open Table Nashville starts canvassing at 28 degrees Fahrenheit 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 2019 through March 2020, 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.

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