HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — As winter weather approaches, cities across the Rio Grande Valley will be opening shelters where you can stay warm.

Below are some of the shelters that are available to the public:

Hidalgo County

  • Mercedes // Mercedes Safe Room Community Recreation Center, 1202 N Vermont. Opening Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. to Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. *Must bring own blankets, pillows and snack. No pets allowed.
  • Mission // Warming shelter opening at Mission Parks & Recreation building, 721 N. Byan Road. Opening at 5 a.m. Jan. 20. until Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. *Residents are asked to pack a blanket, pillow, medication, personal identification, toiletry items and snacks. The temporary shelter will adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols. If they’re able to, citizens are asked to call and pre-register at 956.580.8670.
  • Edinburg // Shelter located at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library: 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Now open until Saturday. *Residents asked to bring bedding, medication, non-perishable food and snacks. No pets are allowed. If you have any questions, you can call the City Helpline at (956)259-HELP or dial 3-1-1.
  • Pharr // Warming shelter opening at Development Research Center, 850 W. Dicker Rd. Opening at 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 until Han. 21 at 8 a.m. *Those seeking shelter must bring their own blankets, pillows, food/snacks, and any prescription medication they need. Pets are not allowed. Face masks are required. First-served basis. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.
  • Elsa // A warming shelter will open at the Mario Leal Park Pony Building, 6166 W Ciro Caceres St. on Jan. 20 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. *The city states this is not an overnight shelter.
  • Rio Grande City // Residents can shelter at Casa De Esperanza at 8 p.m. Thurdays to 12 p.m. Firday. *Those attending are asked to bring blankets, pillows and toiletries.

Cameron County

  • Loave & Fishes // The shelter is now open, located at 514 South E Street. *Those attending will be getting tested for COVID-19 and will be required to wear a facemask. Blankets and cots will be provided, bring pillows. For details call: 956-423-1014.
  • San Benito // (CLOSED) Warming shelter located at Community Center, 210 E. Heywood Street. Opening ath 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. *Open to San Benito residents, must show proper indentification, face maks are required. Visitors are asked to bring their blankets, pillows, food waste and other necessary item. Only service animals with proper documentation will be allowed.
  • Brownsville // The shelter will be located at the Brownsville Downtown Recreation Center, 1338 E. 8th St., it will be open from midnight on Jan. 20 until Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. *The warming center will not be providing sleeping accomodations. Those in need of sleeping accomodations are encouraged to call the Ozanam Center at (956)831-6331. Domesticated pets are welcomed if brought in a portable kennel or on a leash. Social distancing and wearing a face mask is encouraged.

Starr County

  • Roma // Emergency shelter is located at 1334 4th Street. Opening Thursday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. to Saturday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. *The public is asked to bring their own pillows and blankets if possible.

Willacy County