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Cold weather shelters open across western Washington

Counties across the region will be opening additional shelters to accommodate those living on the streets or in vehicles during cold weather.

SEATTLE — King County and the city of Seattle opened severe-weather shelters on Sunday as frigid temperatures settled into western Washington.

Wind gusts and snow accumulation with highs in the upper 20s to lower 30s are expected this week.

Also see | 5 ways to prepare for freezing weather around Puget Sound

These shelters will be open in response to the cold weather:


Where: Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall - 301 Mercer Street, Seattle 

When: Opening Sun., Jan 12 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. This shelter operates through Sunday night, Jan. 19.

Who: 100 adults and their pets. 

The Seattle Center Armory will continue to be open during regular hours to serve as a warming center. 

Bus routes to Seattle Center include: #1, #2, #3, #4, #8, #13, #32, and Rapid Ride D Line; service is also provided by The Seattle Center Monorail running from Westlake Center, accessible by stairs and elevator from Downtown and the Westlake light rail station.

*All existing city-funded shelters have been asked by the city's Human Services Department to expand capacity to accommodate all people in need of shelter during the cold weather. 


Where: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission- Pioneer Square Men's Shelter (318 2nd Avenue Ext. South)

When: Monday, Jan. 13

Notable: 30 extra cots will be available. 

The Mission needs donations of beanies, jackets, gloves and hand warmers. Items can be delivered to:

  • Pioneer Square - 318 2nd Ave. Extension S., Seattle WA 98104, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Kent Distribution Center - 8226 S. 208th St., Kent, WA 98032, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Where: Blake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave. N.)

When: Tuesday, Jan. 14 to Friday, Jan. 17., 24-hour shelter

Who: Adults, families with children, couples, individuals living in vehicles. 


Where: King County Administration Building, 500 4th Avenue, Seattle

When: From Sunday, Jan. 12 to Wednesday night Jan. 15, the Administration Building will offer 50 additional emergency shelter beds from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

Who: Men ages 18 and older

Mary’s Place also has activated winter protocols and can accommodate those with children experiencing homelessness. Mary’s Place has expanded its intake hours and is partnering with Lyft and Uber to provide transportation to families. Call Mary’s Place at 206-245-1026 for more information. 



Where: Old Chamber of Commerce building, 300 Rainier Ave. N, Renton

When: Monday, Jan. 13 through Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH) will serve a warm-up breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.

Who: Maximum capacity is 30 individuals, all are welcome



Where: Kent Lutheran Church, 336 Second Ave. S.

When: Monday, Jan. 13 through Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Who: All are welcome. Clients must register upon check-in. 



Where: Comprehensive Life Resources Young Adult shelter (415 S 13th St, Tacoma). 

When: Shelter opens at 8:30 p.m. 

Who: Serves young adults aged 18-24 of any gender.


Where: Tacoma Rescue Mission Single Men’s Shelter (425 South Tacoma Way) 

Who: Serves men. 


Where: Tacoma Salvation Army Family Shelter (1501 6th avenue, Tacoma)

When: Sign in from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Who: Serves families.


Where: Catholic Community Services Nativity House Shelter (702 S 14th St, Tacoma)

When: Clients preferred to sign in between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Who: Serves adults of all genders. 


Where: Tacoma Rescue Mission Adams Street Shelter 

Who: Serves families and single women. Contact the CCS Family Day Center or call 253-592-6401 to check availability.


Severe Weather Shelters provide safe and warm beds in Poulsbo, Kingston, Silverdale, and Port Orchard during severe weather events from Nov 1 to Mar 31.

  • Kingston, Village Green Community, 26159 Dulay Road NE
  • Silverdale, Silverdale Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way NW
  • Port Orchard, Port Orchard Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap St
  • Bremerton, Salvation Army, 832 6th St (operating as an independent SWS during November, Winter Shelter opens daily December 1)

Call 211 to find out if a shelter near you is open.

These shelters will be open Monday, Jan. 13 through Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Salvation Army operates as an independent winter shelter and will be open every night through March 31 at 832 6th Street, Bremerton. The Bainbridge Island Emergency Management Program will activate its Severe Weather Shelter as well January 13-16 at 370 Brien Ave. SE


During winter months, emergency shelters for people who are living homeless will operate at various locations in Bellingham.

Shelters open beginning Sunday, Jan. 12

Family Shelter: Garden St. United Methodist Church (1326 N. Garden St.) will be offering space for families with children to stay the night. To check in after-hours or on a weekend, call 360-593-7500 to find out if space is available.

CTK Adult Men’s Shelter: Christ the King Church (CTK) will operate a shelter for adult men on Jan. 12, 13 and 14. Guests must check-in for this shelter by 6:30 p.m. at the “Jubilee Station” located near the Lighthouse Mission at 1012 W Holly Street. Guests will be transported to the shelter, located at CTK’s Norway Hall.

Seventh Day Adventist Adult Shelter: The Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 5321 Waschke Road in North Bellingham will open a shelter for adults beginning Monday, Jan. 13.  

FCC Adult Shelter: Fountain Community Church (FCC) will open a severe weather shelter for adults on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Check-in is at 6:30 p.m. at the “Jubilee Station” located near the Lighthouse Mission at 1012 W Holly Street. Guests will be transported to the shelter.


Multiple locations in Snohomish County provide overnight shelters during dangerously cold weather.  

The following shelters will be available during the cold snap:  

Snohomish Evangelical Free Church (210 Avenue B, Snohomish)

Monroe New Hope Fellowship (1012 West Main Street, Monroe) 

Marysville Salvation Army (1108 State Ave, Marysville)

Everett Shelter (2525 Rucker Ave., Everett) 

South County Cold Weather Shelter (Maple Park Church, 17620 60th Ave. W., Lynnwood)

**NOTE: Please call 211 before heading to the shelters to see if and when they are open.

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