Cold, wind prompts severe weather shelter openings
Because of unseasonably cold temperatures and serious gusts of wind, the Joint Office of Homeless Service is opening three severe weather shelters Sunday evening.
The three shelters operated by the nonprofit Transition Projects social services agency are:
• Bud Clark Commons, 650 N.W. Irving in Portland, which will be open to adults, couples and their pets from 8:30 p.m. March 3 to 6:30 a.m. March 4.
• Imago Dei, 1302 S.E. Ankeny in Portland, which will be open to the same clients and for the same hours.
• Sunrise Center, 18901 E Burnside in Gresham, which will be open from 9 p.m. March 3 to 6:30 a.m. March 4.
The 325 beds are those shelters are in addition to the 255 cold-weather beds the Joint Office funds and keeps open all winter, no matter the forecast on a given night, and they're in addition to the 1,365 beds funded on a year-round basis.
Anyone needing shelter should call 211 or go to 211info.org to learn what's open and where, and to get a ride if needed. Neighbors can call for someone they see in need, if they spend a few minutes talking with them and waiting for a call back to coordinate around pickup.
And with the cold weather lingering later than it has in past years, the Joint Office says 211info.org/donations is still a great way for people to contribute to the response, and augment the winter gear and supplies that outreach teams says are still intensely needed by the people on the streets.