Emergency Shelter Opens for Homeless in Cartersville

The facility also is open to those who have no heat in their homes.

Local officials today distributed flyers to the homeless to notify them of a temporary shelter that will be open from Monday through noon Wednesday due some of the coldest temperatures in a decade.

Bartow County, along with several others, is under a wind chill warning through 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. It warns of dangerously cold wind chills with widespread wind chill readings of 15 to 20 below zero.

Frost bite and hypothermia are likely if precautions are not taken. 

The shelter at Houston Suggs Youth Facility, 35 Beavers Drive in Cartersville, is also open to people who have no heat in their homes, according to Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini. He said the temporary shelter is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Bartow County Emergency Management Agency.

The facility will not be able to accept donations of food or any other kind, but those desiring may make donations to the local United Way, Red Cross or Salvation Army, Santini added.

The Bartow County Sheriff's Offfice will be providing on-site security at the emergency shelter, according to an agency press release.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said in the release those needing shelter should call 9-1-1 and transportation will be provided. Animals of those staying at the shelter will be welcome to stay at the Bartow County Animal Shelter at no cost.

No weapons of any kind or drugs will be allowed at the shelter. Tobacco may be used in designated areas only. There will be a sign-in for the shelter and those using the shelter are asked to please limit possessions to two plastic bags, as space may be limited.

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