The Overflow Shelter is NOT open tonight. Please use beds available at the Nashville Rescue Mission, Room In the Inn, or Launch Pad. See below for additional information.
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 32 degrees Fahrenheit for unhoused and unsheltered individuals and families when primary community shelters have reached capacity.
From November 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023 (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 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below for three or more hours in zip code 37203, and the Metro overflow shelter will begin receiving guests when primary community partner shelters reach maximum capacity. The 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.
Call the Information Line: 615-862-6391
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 at 705 Drexel St. works with congregations to provide shelter beds for men each night. First-time guests should attend orientation at 4 p.m. daily.
Participating congregations are hosting at a limited capacity due to Covid-19.
Room In the Inn offers day sheltering beginning at 6 a.m. daily.
Phone number: 615-251-7019
Young Adult Sheltering -
Young adults of all genders (18-24):
For the 2022-2023 season, Launch Pad is providing emergency shelter nightly at different congregations throughout Nashville for young adults ages 18-24 that identify as LGBTQ+ or allies. Guests are strongly encouraged to register in advance at https://www.nashvillelaunchpad.com, which also has information on which site is open each night.
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. Pets will be crated on WeGo and at the shelter. 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.