Cooling Centers Open During Heat Wave

Cooling center at the Portland Building, downtown.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cooling centers remain open across the metro area amidst the latest heat wave.  An excessive heat warning remains in effect through Saturday night with daytime temperatures over 100 degrees and overnight lows barely reaching 70.  Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency to ensure additional resources are available.

After nearly 100 people statewide died from hypothermia in an unseasonably record heat wave in late June, cooling centers are crucial for those without a fan or air conditioning.

Folks who need a ride to one of the cooling centers can board TriMet without paying fare.  Just let the driver know where you’re headed.  Anyone who needs assistance can call 211.

The following locations in Multnomah County are open 24/7 through Sunday at 9am and pets are welcome:

  • Arbor Lodge Shelter: 1952 N Lombard St.
  • Sunrise Center: 18901 E Burnside St.
  • Portland Building: 1120 SW 5th Ave.
  • Kellogg Middle School: 3330 SE 69th Ave.

Other options include the following libraries that will stay open until 8pm on Saturday:

  • Holgate: 7905 SE Holgate Blvd.
  • Central: 801 SW 10th Ave.
  • Gresham: 385 NW Miller Ave.
  • Midland: 805 SE 122nd Ave.

The libraries have water bottles to distribute.  Pets are not allowed in libraries.

There are two 24/7 cooling centers in Clackamas County:

  • Development Services Building: 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City (through 6pm on Saturday).  There will be cots, water and food available.  Only service animals are permitted.
  • Zoar Lutheran Church: 190 SW 3rd Ave., Canby (pets are welcome)

Other options include the Molalla Adult Center, 315 Kennel Ave. (10am-6pm through Sunday) and many library branches.

Washington County has two 24/7 cooling centers and an overnight shelter:

  • Hillsboro Civic Center: 120 E Main St. (through 8pm on Sunday).  A sack lunch, dinner, water and sleeping mats will be provided and pets in crates are allowed.
  • Cloverleaf Building, Washingtin County Fairgrounds, 802 NE 28th Ave., Hillsboro (through 8pm on Sunday).  A sack lunch, dinner, water and sleeping mats will be provided and pets in crates are allowed.
  • Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., (Thu.-Sat. 9pm-10am).  Snacks, water and sleeping mats will be provided and pets in crates are allowed.

Other cooling centers include several libraries throughout the county.

For folks in Clark County, Washington, a list of available cooling centers is available here.


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