Washington County Severe Weather Shelter Activation

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 23, 2021

Sponsored by: Housing Services Department

Washington County Provides No-Turn Away Shelters Opened for Winter Weather Event on 12/26/2021

Due to dangerous conditions, Washington County has activated inclement weather shelters that will open their doors to anyone seeking shelter through the winter weather event. These beds supplement the Winter Shelter program which provides 187 shelter beds from November 15, 2021 to March 15, 2021 for individuals, families, and medically fragile adults. Unhoused people seeking shelter should present in person at the locations listed below: 

  • The Salvation Army Building, 1440 SE 21st Ave, Hillsboro 

Accessible via TriMet route numbers 57 

  • Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton 

Accessible via TriMet route numbers 52, 76, and 78 

Shelters will remain open 24 hours throughout the severe weather event. Hot meals are provided for guests, no one will be turned away, and pets are okay (be prepared to work with shelter staff as locations individual pet policies may vary). 

If someone outside is unsheltered and whose life appears to be in danger, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, if you see someone about whom you are concerned during cold weather call the police non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 and request a welfare check. 

Inclement Weather Shelters may activate beds in coordination with Multnomah County and accept participants when:  

  • Forecasted temperature of 25° F (-3.9° C) or below; or  
  • Forecasted snow accumulations of 1.0 inch or more; or  

  • Forecasted temperature at or below 32° F (0° C) with driving rain of 1.0 inch or more overnight.  

If forecasted weather continues to require activation of the Inclement Weather shelters, up to date information can be found here: wcor.us/SevereWeatherShelter 

Media Contact:

Emily Roots, Public Affairs Administrator