Winter is here and the weather is getting cold. Do you need a safe place to warm up?
Local governments and nonprofit organizations offer additional shelter beds for men, women, and families during the winter months (November-March), with extra accommodations available when winter weather is particularly severe.
211info is the best place to find up-to-date listings for shelters that open up extra space for emergncy cold weather. Their Winter News Headquarters provides lists of winter shelter resources for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties (as well as other Oregon counties, and Clark County, Washington). You'll see notes about which shelters and warming centers accept pets. And, you can always call 2-1-1 (toll-free from most phones) to get a list of shelters and warming stations.
If you are part of a family with children under 18, take a look at Multnomah County's list of shelters for families.
For more general listings for year-round shelters and day access centers, take a look at the Rose City Resource -- a great all-around guide to local public services and public assistance. (Paper copies of the Rose City Resource are available, in limited quantities, at your neighborhood library and from other organizations around the Portland area.)
Find even more information on winter-related help in Joanna M.'s post on Getting and giving assistance this winter.
Questions? Call, text, or email a librarian to get personalized help -- or ask the librarian on duty the next time you're at the library. We will do our best to find the right resource or service for you!