Despite forecasts showing temperatures at or above freezing, the threat that icy wind could turn expected heavy rains into significant snowfall at low elevations means severe weather shelters will open in Multnomah County on Monday night, Feb. 11.
Severe weather shelters do not require identification or any other documentation. Anyone who needs a bed and/or a ride to shelter should call 211. No one seeking shelter during severe weather will be turned away; more sites will continue to open as needed.
Overall, close to 2,000 publicly funded beds will be available tonight, including 255 beds that are open all winter and 1,365 beds that are open year-round. On Saturday, Feb. 9, during the most recent night of severe weather shelter, more than 340 people accessed severe weather beds. Other shelters opened overflow capacity, and private community partners also hosted dozens more people.
Tonight's sites are at Bud Clark Commons (650 NW Irving, in Portland (link is external)), Imago Dei (1302 SE Ankeny, in Portland and Sunrise Center (18901 E Burnside, in Gresham). Bud Clark Commons and Imago Dei will be open to adults, couples and their pets from 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, to 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Sunrise Center will be open Monday, Feb. 11, to 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Private community partners will open additional shelter beds.
Go to 211info.org or call 211info for the latest information on which shelters are open, and when, and to coordinate transport for anyone who needs shelter but does not have a way to get there. Families with children in particular should contact 211 directly to access and arrange transport as needed to severe weather shelter.
JOIN reports that after receiving 42 boxes from Amazon this morning — community donations of sleeping bags, hats, gloves, hand warmers, tarps, etc. and that three fully stocked postal service trucks were headed their way with boxes of supplies. That having been said, service providers and the Joint Office are continuing their call for community donations of life-saving winter gear. Donations were lower than usual this season, thanks to what had been a long run of mild conditions. Many people have stepped up with donations in recent days as conditions took a turn, but more is needed. Night after night, outreach workers have been handing out gear to keep people warm and safe as soon as it's come in.