Need to warm up? Cold weather shelter info

Photo of a bench in a park, covered in snow [by Benson Kua, via Wikimedia Commons]Winter is here and the weather is getting cold.  Do you need a safe place to warm up? 

All Multomah County Libraries are heated (even when there's not a cold snap!) and they're great places to visit when you need a break from the cold.  All Multnomah County Libraries are open seven days a week -- and there's a handy map you can use to find the library nearest to you.

From November to March, local governments and nonprofit organizations offer additional shelter beds for men, women, and families.  In addition, daytime warming centers open up across the metro area.

211info is the best place to find up-to-date listings for warming centers and overnight shelters during winter's cold weather.  Their severe winter weather alerts page lists day and nighttime shelters that offer extra space during the winter.  You can reach 211info by phone at 2-1-1 (toll-free from most phones).  Or, pick up a free paper copy of the Rose City Resource -- a great all-around guide to local public services and public assistance -- at your neighborhood library.

If you are part of a family with children under 18, you can find a place to stay or a place to get warm in Multnomah County's list of shelters for families.

Would you like tips on safely "weathering" a cold snap?  Take a look at the American Red Cross's information on cold weather safety, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's advice about staying safe and healthy in winter.

If you have a pet, you want to take care of them too!  Both the ASPCA and the American Veterinary Medicine Association have some helpful cold weather safety tips for pets.

If you need help paying your heating bill or are looking for assistance with other winter needs, we have more information 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!



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