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Beaverton city officials say Washington County funding expires on May 31, 2021.

PMG PHOTO - Mattresses in a bedroom at Just Compassions Resource Center in Tigard in 2018. Just Compassion of East Washington County also manages Beavertons severe warming shelter located inside the citys community center.

Beaverton has announced it will keep its severe weather shelter open through May to help people experiencing homelessness and in response to COVID-19.

In a press release on Wednesday, March 17, the city government announced that Just Compassion of East Washington County, who manages the Beaverton winter shelter located at the Beaverton Community Center, will continue to operate the shelter through May 31 using funding provided by the county.

Beaverton spokesperson Dianna Ballash says the funding was only available through May, which is why the city will continue operating the shelter until then.

Ballash adds that the shelter will be the only site in the county during the spring to provide a group setting for homeless clients, with staff and resources available for participants enrolled. Including other programs, such as those that temporarily put people in need of shelter up in a hotel room, there is a combined countywide shelter capacity to serve nearly 160 adults in Washington County.

"We know that the pandemic has intensified the challenges for people experiencing homelessness," said Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty. "At a time when many organizations are facing issues of limited resources, I'm grateful that the city and our partners have not only maintained but leveled up our commitment to showing compassion and understanding for our community members most in need."

The shelter opened for this season last November. It expanded operations to include continuous 24-hour, seven-days-per-week services for up to 30 adults on an enrollment basis, said the city.

Shelter guests are provided with meals, showers, access to resources and referral to social services. As for volunteers, the shelter is not currently taking participants or donations.

The shelter is located at the Beaverton Community Center at 12350 S.W. Fifth St. in Beaverton. For more information, call 503-640-3264 or visit co.washington.or.us/homeless.

Families can also access the countywide family shelter network by calling 503-640-3263.


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