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. Come visit us!
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 whenever there is particularly severe weather.
211info is the best place to find up-to-date listings for warming centers and overnight shelters during winter's cold weather. To reach them by phone, dial 2-1-1 (toll-free from most phones). You can also get current shelter listings from 211 by texting "pdxshelter" to 898211.
Or, pick up a free paper copy of the Rose City Resource at your neighborhood library -- it's a great all-around guide to local public services and public assistance, published by Street Roots newspaper.
Here are some listings of winter shelters and warming centers by location:
- map of shelters in Multnomah County and Portland (including severe weather shelters and family shelters)
- Clackamas County warming centers
- Washington County shelter resources (including severe weather shelters)
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.
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!