The city is hosting a temporary cold night shelter at Jacob Chapel Baptist Church until Friday. The church will provide more space for people who need warm rooms for the freezing nights. City spokeswoman Lizzy Kelley says several organizations will be helping to provide this much-needed service.
“So it’s really a full community effort to make this happen, we’ve been doing it for several years as the need arises,” says Kelley.
Kelley says the city will decide Friday whether to extend the temporary service through the weekend. The city’s homeless population will have to register at The Shelter on West Tennessee Street before 6:45 p.m. each evening for the rest of the week.
No walk-ins are allowed at Jacob’s Chapel. StarMetro will be shuttling homeless residents from The Shelter to Jacob Chapel and back for free.
A week of biting cold climaxes Wednesday with temperatures as low as 22 degrees and a hard freeze warning for the city.