Warming shelters open in Western Washington for winter weather

With the below-freezing temperatures and snow in western Washington, area warming centers are opening their doors for anyone who needs to get out of the cold.

Community Transit is offering free bus rides to and from warming shelters until Jan. 3; passengers will not be required to show documentation, but will simply need to tell their driver they are going to a shelter.

Here are shelters opening in western Washington counties. Additional locations will be added as they open up: 

King County

Seattle

Below are a list of warming centers and shelters for the city of Seattle. As of Sunday afternoon, the city has listed more locations here.

  • Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (301 Mercer St. 98109): Opened Saturday, Dec. 25 through Wednesday, Dec. 29 after 7 p.m. Operated by the Salvation Army. Pets under control of their owner are accepted.
  • Compass Housing Alliance (210 Alaskan Way S.): Opened Saturday, Dec. 25 through Wednesday, Dec. 29 after 7 p.m. Enter at the corner of S. Washington and Alaskan Way located across from the Ferry Terminal in Pioneer Square neighborhood.Service animals only at the Compass location.
  • Families with children can find safe, warm shelter at the King County Emergency Family Intake and can be reached at 206-245-1026.
  • International District/Chinatown Community Center: 719 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104. Hours vary daily. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (5 p.m. in normal closing); Sunday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. (normally closed).
  • Magnuson Park Building #406: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Printable Park Map. Monday and Tuesday 12 p.m. pm – 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday –10 a.m.-7 p.m. (normally closed).
  • Northgate Community Center: 10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. M-F: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (normally closed), Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (normally closed), 206-386-4823.
  • Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118. Hours vary daily Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (normally 6:30 p.m.), Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 206-386-1925
  • Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109, Campus Map (seattlecenter.com), Opens daily at 10:00 a.m. to 8p.m., 206-684-7200
  • Compass Housing Alliance Day Center (adjacent to night shelter, open as staffing capacity allows), 77 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 206-474-1000

Kent

  • For those living unsheltered, the City is working closely with the Highline United Methodist Church to support the opening of an extreme weather overnight shelter. Plans are being made to open the Burien Community Center as a daytime warming center as well. More information will be shared about the shelter and warming center in the next few days.

Renton

The City of Renton is activating the Severe Weather Shelter at Highlands Neighborhood Center (800 Edmonds Avenue NE) beginning Sunday night, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.

The shelter is operated by REACH Renton staff and has a capacity of 22-25 people. Registration is required before entering. Check in is at 8 p.m. and all must vacate at 7 a.m. 

Pierce County

Tacoma

  • The city of Tacoma has activated the Lighthouse Activity Center in response to the cold weather expected over the next few days. It’s located at 5016 A Street, Tacoma WA 98408, and will run from noon Sunday, Dec. 26 until Sunday, Jan. 2.

Snohomish County

  • Everett Family Cold Weather Shelter (5126 S 2nd Avenue, Everett). Opens at 4 p.m. Closes at 8 p.m.

Snohomish County has five different shelters. Right now, the Everett Family Cold Weather Shelter is the only one open. See up-to-date information on the other shelters here. 

Thurston County

Olympia

The city of Olympia is opening a warming center as an advisory for hazardous weather has been declared across Thurston County. 

  • The City of Olympia is opening a warming center at 201 N Capitol Way on Saturday from 3–8 p.m., then Sunday through Tuesday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Shelters are also available in Olympia at the Union Gospel Mission at 413 Franklin St NE, for single men and women; families with children can go to Family Support Center's Pear Blossom Place at 837 7th Ave. SE; youths ages 18–24 can go to Community Youth Services 520 Pear Street SE.

Whatcom County

Maple Falls

  • East Whatcom Regional Resource Center will be open in response to power outages in the Kendall area and extreme weather conditions. The location is at 8251 Kendall Road, Maple Falls, 98266.

Clallam County 

Sequim

  • OLYCAP is hosting a warming center at 525 N 5th Ave (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church)Open from today until December 31 from 9pm to 7am
  • Sequim Library 630 N Sequim AveM-Th 10 to 6pm | Fri Sat 10 to 5pm |  Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Port Angeles

  • City of Port Angeles is hosting a warming center at the Senior Center on 7th and Peabody. Starting Monday, 12-27-21. Open 8pm to 7am

Forks

  • Forks Library on Forks Ave M-Th 10 to 6pm | Fri-Sat 10 to 5pmClosed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s DayAmerican Legion Post on E Division is standing by but no confirmation yet

Clallam Bay

  • CB Library on 112 across from the schoolM-W 10 to 6pm |  Th-Fri 10 to 5pmClosed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • CCFD #5 on Eagle Crest WayPeriodic 9am to 2pm depending on volunteer availability

Grays Harbor County 

An overnight warming shelter will open at the Grays Harbor Community College in Ilwaco (208 Advent Ave SE, Ilwaco, WA 98624. ) on Dec. 25 and Dec. 26. The shelter will be open from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. each night.

Are there shelters opening in your area that we haven't mentioned? Send an email to KCPQ_Digital@fox.com and we'll add it to our list. 

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