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UPDATE: Woman from Southwest Portland died of hypothermia in a parking garage on Saturday, Jan. 7. Emergency shelters stay open in Multnomah County.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: LYNDSEY HEWITT - On Jan. 1, the first night of Portland's ongoing cold snap, 38 people sought shelter at Imago Dei emergency shelter, 1302 S.E. Ankeny St. Since then, hundreds have come through the shelter. Cold weather may have contributed to the death of a second person this week in the city.

Portland police found the body of 52-year-old Karen Lee Batt of Southwest Portland dead in a Smart Park parking garage on Southwest 10th Avenue Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7.

Police responded on a report that a woman in her 50s had been removing clothing and was struggling in the cold weather. The Oregon medical examiner's office said Monday, Jan. 9, that Batts died of hypothermia.

This follows the hypothermia death of a 51-year-old homeless man, Mark Elliot Johnson, found in the doorway of an East Portland business on Jan. 2.

Hypothermia occurs when the body begins to lose heat faster than it's produced. Homeless deaths are tracked by Multnomah County and detailed in the annual Domicile Unknown report.

Hypothermia has contributed to five deaths of homeless people in the last 5 years: In 2011, it contributed to three deaths but wasn't the immediate cause; in 2013, it caused one death; and 2014 and 2015 yielded no deaths by hypothermia, according to Paul Lewis, health officer with Multnomah County.

Emergency weather shelters open

Emergency warming centers in the metro area are open again Saturday, Jan. 7. Open when triggered by below-freezing temperatures, Saturday will mark the 15th night so far this winter that those shelters have opened. In comparison, last winter season saw 11 total nights of emergency shelter service.

"This has been the toughest stretch of severe weather shelter that we've been involved in because the number of days in a row and the fact that the temperatures have stayed below freezing throughout this entire time period," says Transition Projects Inc. Executive Director George Devendorf. Emergency shelters have been open consecutively since Jan. 1. "It has made it that much tougher on people living outside and therefore the need for assistance."

Transition Projects Inc. is a nonprofit organization that staffs several shelters in the area, including the temporary 90-bed shelter that Mayor Ted Wheeler opened up at the Portland Building, 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave., on Wednesday, Jan. 4. The Portland Building will open as both a day and night shelter from 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, through 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9.

On Friday, Jan. 6, 62 people slept at the Portland Building while another temporary emergency shelter at the Multnomah County East government building downtown Gresham saw 74 individuals. One-hundred and twenty eight slept at the Bud Clark Commons Day Center and Imago Dei Emergency Shelter offered warmth to 120 individuals.

Peace 2 and SOS (Safety Off the Streets) shelters, which generally only open on a nightly basis, have been operating for 24 hours a day.

Portland Police urge people to call 911 if someone outside appears to be in danger or a medical crisis.

Non-emergency situations, such as not being dressed for the weather, should be reported at 503-823-3333 for a welfare check.

To find shelter and transportation to a shelter, call 211 or visit, where there is a full list of all emergency shelters in Multnomah County and elsewhere. Portland Police also will continue to look for vulnerable people on the street and offer transportation to shelters.

Severe weather shelters don't require any type of documentation or identification, and will accommodate individuals and couples, all belongings and pets.

Shelters are also seeking donations of warm clothes. Find more info at

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These warming center facilities are available:

TPI Imago Dei Shelter

1302 SE Ankeny Street, Portland 97214

Intake: Walk in. Check in anytime after 8pm.

Hours: Saturday, January 7, 2017 8pm-8am

Serves: Adults and couples age 18 and older

TPI Bud Clark Commons Emergency Shelter

650 NW Irving Street, Portland 97209

Intake: Walk in. Check in anytime after 8pm.

Hours: Saturday, January 7, 2017 8pm-8am

Serves: Adults and couples age 18 and older

Union Gospel Mission

3 NW Third Avenue, Portland 97209

Intake: Walk in

Hours: Saturday, January 7, 2017 9pm-5am

Serves: Unrestricted

St. John's Warming Shelter


St. John's Christian Church, 8044 N Richmond Street, Portland 97203

Intake: Walk in, entrance is off of Central Avenue

Hours: Saturday, January 7, 2017 8pm-8am

Serves: Age 18 and older

Anawim Christian Community Sanctuary Church

19626 NE Glisan Street, Portland 97230

Intake: Walk in

Hours: Saturday, January 7, 2017 at noon through Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 8am

Serves: Unrestricted. Open to adults (singles and couples), with very limited space for families. Pets are allowed.

St. Francis Dining Hall

330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland 97214

Intake: Walk in

Hours: Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 10am until Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 5pm

Serves: Unrestricted

Peace Shelter 2

333 SW Park Avenue, Portland 97205

Intake: Reserve a spot by either calling 503-280-4700 Monday-Friday 8am-4pm or walking in to the Transition Projects Day Center Monday-Friday 7am-6:45pm, Saturday/Sunday/holidays 8am-3:45pm (650 NW Irving Street)

Hours: 7 nights per week 7pm-6:30am throughout winter season

Serves: Individuals who identify as male, age 18 and older, with priority for age 55 and older, those with disabilities, and veterans

East County Building

600 NE 8th Street, Gresham 97030

Intake: Walk in

Hours: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8pm-8am

Serves: Unrestricted, but single women and families are encouraged to try accessing shelters that prioritize women and families first

American Legion Post 134

2104 NE Alberta Street, Portland 97211

Intake: Walk in, recommended to call for availability due to limited capacity 503-284-7272

Hours: Saturday, January 7 from 10am through Monday, January 9, 2017 10am

Serves: Unrestricted

Portland Building Warming Center

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland 97204

Intake: Walk in

Hours: Saturday, January 7, 2017 7pm-7am

Serves: Unrestricted, pets allowed

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