List: Rio Grande Valley shelters opening due to cold weather

List: Rio Grande Valley shelters opening due to cold weather
3 years 3 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 11 2021 Feb 11, 2021 February 11, 2021 6:42 PM February 11, 2021 in News - Local

Last update: 2/19 5:24 p.m. 

With cold weather already in the area, some Rio Grande Valley cities are stepping up to help residents stay warm with shelters.

All the following shelters recommend you bring your prescription medication, I.D.s, phone charges and blankets.  The post will be updated as more cities announce open shelters.

Click here to view warming centers near you. 

Hidalgo County


Salvation Army- 1600 North 23rd St., McAllen, TX 78501

People can check-in Monday through Friday form 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 1 p.m. through 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Las Palmas Community Center- 1921 N. 25th St.

Palm View Community Center- 3401 Jordan Road

The City of McAllen is opening the doors of its community centers as warming centers for residents who have been left without power. Starting today, Las Palmas Community Center, 1921 N. 25th St. and Palm View Community Center, 3401 Jordan Rd. are available starting at 12:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, February 17 until Friday, February 19, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Power sources; visitors are asked to provide their own chargers; WiFi access and water stations will be available. Residents can access the facility for three-hour windows but can stay longer if the facility is not at capacity. The warming center is not an overnight shelter. A COVID-19 screening will be required at sign-in. The warming center is set-up for proper social distancing; mask usage is absolutely required. Everyone is asked to stay within their family unit while inside the facility. Pets are not allowed in the facility. Pre-registrations are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Both locations also have running water and restrooms. "In case you are without electricity and heat and are in need of someplace to warm up, the City of McAllen has opened two warming stations," said McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez. "There is electricity and heat and you and your family are welcome here!" The City of McAllen is informing residents in need of a warming center to call 3-1-1 for location information. Updates can be found on the City of McAllen, Texas Government and City of McAllen Parks & Recreation social media pages.

City of Edinburg

The city of Edinburg announced Wednesday morning it will open a 24-hour warming center effective immediately. The shelter will be at the Dustin Sekula Memorial Library located at 1906 S. Closner and will remain open until power is restored in the city. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents will have access to the library's WiFi and can charge their electronic devices. City officials ask residents to bring their own bedding, medication, food and snacks. Residents' temperatures will be checked at the door and social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced, the city said. Face coverings must be worn at all times. For more information, call the city's hotline at 956-259-HELP.


Mission Parks & Recreation building- 721 N. Bryan Road.

With power outages persisting in the region, the City of Mission recognizes the immense need of our community. The City has opted to extend our warming shelter, located at 721 N. Bryan Road, until noon tomorrow. The shelter is open to anyone in need of a warm, safe place to stay tonight. Patrons are urged to pack snacks, a blanket, pillow, personal identification, toiletry items, medications and snacks. 

If the outages continue, the City of Mission will of course consider extending the shelter further.

SHELTER SET TO CLOSE: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at 11 a.m.


The city of Pharr will open a severe weather shelter at the Vanguard Academy Gymnasium located at 1200 E Kelly Avenue Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The shelter will remain open through 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The city will provide a cot to sleep in and encourages for those seeking shelter to bring blankets, pillows, snacks/food and any prescription medication they need. 

Face masks are required. 

Pets are not allowed. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cameron County

La Feria

La Feria Dome - 1001 Pancho Maples

No pets allowed. No food provided. COVID-19 precautions will be followed. Don't forget to bring prescription medication, phone chargers and blankets. 

Call 956-797-3121 for more information. 


The City of Brownsville has opened additional warming centers across the City to better serve residents who need warmth and recharging of electronics. The following locations have now been activated: 

Brownsville Sports Park: located at 1000 Sports Park Blvd

Brownsville Golf Center: located at 1800 West San Marcelo Boulevard

Brownsville Events Center: located at 1 Events Center Boulevard

Joe & Tony Oliveira Park:  located at 104 El Paso Road

Residents have access to the warming centers from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. until further notice. Visitors are asked to provide their own chargers. Wi-Fi access will be available at all locations except for Joe & Tony Oliveira Park. The warming centers are not overnight shelters.  

Pets are welcomed if they are brought in a portable kennel. COVID-19 screening will be conducted prior to entering any of the warming centers. In addition, social distancing measures have been implemented, and face mask usage is always required. 

SHELTERS SET TO CLOSE: Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 at 9 p.m.

Santa Rosa

The City has partnered with the Santa Rosa school district and have allowed the opening of the Elma E. Barrera Elementary Elementary School, located at 100 Antonia Cavazos Avenue on FM 506. 

The school will be open for the public starting Sunday at 11:30 p.m. through Monday at 8 a.m. 

Safety measures will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Loaves and Fishes- 514 South E. St. 

For more information, call 956-423-1014.



The Community Safe Room at 10804 Bus. 77 will open for county residents on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. through Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. 

Those seeking shelter are asked to bring their own medications. COVID-19 regulations will be enforced. 


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