UPDATE: Emergency shelters open Wednesday and Thursday
With freezing temperatures predicted to for at least the next two days, the Joint Office of Homeless Services announced that several severe weather shelters will reopen Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
This include an additional shelter that first opened on Tuesday.
According to the Portland-Multnomah County agency, Transition Projects will open severe weather shelters on the evening of Feb. 20 in Bud Clark Commons (655 NW Hoyt, in Portland), Imago Dei (1302 SE Ankeny, in Portland) and Sunrise Center (18901 E Burnside, in Gresham).
Shelters at Bud Clark Commons and Imago Dei will be open to adults, couples, and pets from 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, to 7:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19. Sunrise Center will be open to adults, couples, and pets from 9 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, to 7:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19.
In addition, to offer additional beds outside the central city so people don't have to travel downtown or to the central eastside for shelter, Multnomah County will open a warming center in a building managed by the Department of Community Justice, at 1415 S.E. 122nd Ave. in Portland. The shelter will be open to adults, couples, families and pets.
211info will coordinate transport for anyone who needs shelter but does not have a way to get there. For more information, go to 211info.org/warmingcenters.
Human Solutions has space available for families, by reservation, at their winter shelter site at Congregation Beth Israel. Contact 211 for an intake.
Families with children should contact 211 directly to access and arrange transport as needed to severe weather shelter.
Additional sites may open as conditions change. Several community-led warming sites also are expected to open. Anyone in need, or who knows someone in need, should check ongoing communications about available shelter by visiting 211info.org and signing up for alerts.
Donated homeless gear needed
The JOHS is says service providers are in need of donated winter gear. After a stretch of milder weather this winter, many neighbors sleeping without shelter have all the gear they'll need during a cold spell to stay warm.
Please visit 211info.org/donations to see a specific list of winter gear and where it can be dropped off. Providers also have an online shopping list to make donating more convenient. Items ordered online can be delivered directly to JOIN, 1435 NE 81st Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR, 97213
The following items are needed:
• Thick socks
• Waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black)
• Waterproof/resistant winter coats (men's and women's sizes)
• Sleeping bags and warm blankets
• Waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black)
• Knit hats (preferably dark colors/black)
• Tarps (preferably brown, dark colors)
• Hand warmers
• Rain ponchos
How to help neighbors in distress
The JOHS also says that if you see someone outside unsheltered whose life appears to be in danger or is in an apparent medical crisis, call 911. Otherwise, if you see someone about whom you are concerned, such as not being dressed for the weather conditions, call police non-emergency (503) 823-3333 and request a welfare check for that person.
To assist someone in locating shelter and transportation to shelter, please call 211.