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Homeless shelters bracing for cold night

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Updated: 1/04/2010 10:55 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Plummeting temperatures overnight mean a lot of folks will need to find a warm place to sleep.

Homeless people will have a warm place to go every night this week.  Gerard White is all bundled up. He has just the clothes on his back and a small bag. "It's been pretty cold nights."

He  lost his home last week and is homeless with a cold night ahead. "My unemployment got cut off. Of course my landlord evicted me cause I got behind on the rent," said White.

For the first time in his life he's turning to a shelter for help. Sara Dougherty with the Sulzbacher Center says they're seeing more people like white come through their doors. "With the current economy and how things are going in the job market people who've never been in this situation before that are finding themselves in need of shelter," said Dougherty.

With these cold temps, they're opening their emergency shelter. They're putting out extra mats for people to sleep on and making sure the beds are ready. "Sleeping outside or in your car at night when it's down in the 20's is definitely not safe."

That's helpful for people like Gerard. Even though he's used to the cold and snow since he's from New York, it's still tough not having a place to call home and a job to go to everyday. "The economy itself, no one is hiring, no work. You can't find it anywhere," said White.

If you want to know where to help someone find a homeless shelter, we've posted a list below.

Homeless Shelters in Jacksonville - I am attempting to provide accurate information here. Please verify by calling or visiting the site. I have not personally visited the sites. Most of the information is taken from The Florida Times-Union listings under Charities.

These are homeless shelters for people. Homeless Shelters for pets are listed under a separate entry.

Salvation Army
15 E. Church St.
Downtown Jacksonville

Circle of Love Ministries
13519 N. Main St.
Jacksonville, FL  32226, 904-751-1034

Mission House
800 Shetter Avenue
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, 904-241-6767
SafeHouse of Jacksonville
3325-8 Plymouth St.
Jacksonville, FL 32205, 904-425-4228

The Suzbacher Center
611 E. Adams St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202, 904-394-1644

City Rescue Mission
426 South McDuff Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254, 904-387-4357
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