Beaverton, Ore. – The severe weather shelter in Beaverton opens tonight for the winter season. It gives homeless residents a warm and safe place to stay. The shelter at the Beaverton Community center on southwest 5th street has room for 30 people on a first come first serve basis. It’s open Thursday nights, and on nights when temps are below freezing.
Beaverton’s Severe Weather Shelter will open for the season on Thursday, November 7. The shelter, a collaboration between the city and Just Compassion of East Washington County, will provide a warm and safe space for adults experiencing homelessness to stay.
The shelter is open on Thursday nights through March from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Additional open hours will occur on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday when temperatures are at or below freezing and there is sufficient volunteer capacity to support operations. The shelter is located at the Beaverton Community Center at 12350 SW 5th Street and has capacity for up to 30 adults (age 18 or older) on a first come, first served basis.
Last year, the Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter was open 31 nights and provided 771 bed stays to 179 individuals. More than 60 volunteers throughout the season provided 1,400 hours of volunteer service.
The public can find out when the shelter will be open by visiting www.BeavertonOregon.gov/shelter. Open hours also will be posted at the Beaverton City Library.
A shelter coordinator and volunteer staff will assist with operations including greeting guests, serving meals provided by Meals on Wheels, staying overnight and closing the shelter. For more information, contact 503-526-2584 or mcohen@BeavertonOregon.gov.
Beaverton’s Severe Weather Shelter is part of the Washington County Coordinated Response Plan.