Cold weather shelters opening again
Continued cold temperatures are prompting the three severe cold weather shelters in Multnomah County to open again Friday night, Nov. 29.
The Joint Office of Homeless Services opened them for the first time this season on Thanksgiving night. They will now be open on from Friday night to Saturday morning, Nov. 30. For more information and rides to the shelter, call 211. The joint office stresses that those seeking shelter should not call 911 because 211 can connect people to both shelter and transportation.
Transition Projects will operate the shelters at:
• Bud Clark Commons, 650 N.W. Irving St., Portland.
• Imago Dei, 1302 SE Ankeny St., Portland.
• Sunrise Center, 18901 E. Burnside St., Gresham.
According to joint office, the shelters do not require identification or any other documentation. Anyone who needs a bed and/or a ride to shelter should call 211. During severe weather, no one seeking shelter will be turned away. More sites will continue to open as needed.
Families with children should dail 211 to access and arrange transport as needed to severe weather shelter.
About 2,000 publicly funded beds will be available, including 325 severe weather beds opening tonight, more than 200 beds that are open all winter and more than 1,400 beds that are open year-round. Beyond those publicly funded beds, private community partners also will host dozens more people.
Service providers and the joint office are also continuing their call for community donations of life-saving winter gear. Please visit www.211info.org/donations to see a list of winter gear and where it can be donated. Providers also have online shopping lists at www.211info.org/donations to make donating more convenient, which means anyone can donate at any time.
In addition, JOIN is taking donations at 1435 N.E. 81st Ave., Suite 100, Portland. Transition Projectsis also accepting in-person donations around the clock at 665 N.W. Hoyt St. in downtown Portland. Both agencies will bundle and share items with other providers as needed.
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