Winter Shelters

Severe Weather Shelter Room Set-up

 

Inclement Weather Shelters

Washington County will close additional Severe Weather Shelter Capacity 4/14/2022 at 5 p.m. and on unless stated otherwise

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.

For additional information about the program, please contact shsinfo@co.washington.or.us

Inclement Weather Shelters are activated when weather conditions create an immediate danger for unhoused people. Inclement weather shelters "pop-up" through the weather event and operate on a "no-turn-away" basis to ensure everyone seeking a safe place to sleep can have access. During the winter months, inclement weather shelters will be activated 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.

 

The Winter Shelter Program has historically operated between November and March to provide life-saving emergency shelter. Until Washington County increases year-round shelter capacity, winter shelter capacity is critical to keeping people safe from the winter elements.

 

From November 15, 2021 to April 30, 2022 (recently extended from March 15, 2022) Washington County funds 5 winter shelter sites throughout the County for youth, individuals, and families. Locations include the Hillsboro Clover Leaf building, the Beaverton Community Center, Tigard Day Center, and motel vouchers for families and medically fragile individuals. To access these shelter beds, contact Community Connect (our coordinated entry system to receive services) at 503-640-3263 or email communityconnect@caowash.org.

 

In the event of inclement weather conditions, additional shelter capacity is added throughout the County to ensure that everyone can come inside, and no-one is turned away during extreme weather events such as freezing temperatures and heat waves.