Seattle to open temporary shelter for homeless due to cold weather

SEATTLE -- The city announced Friday night it will open a temporary shelter Saturday and Sunday for the homeless because of temperatures that are expected to fall to near-freezing or below.

The Seattle Center Rainier Room at 305 Harrison St., next to KeyArena, will be open from 8:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 22.

"As the city works with our regional partners to develop long-term solutions to our homelessness crisis, we must simultaneously address the immediate needs of those living on our streets by providing safe, warm and secure shelter, especially during freezing weather," said Catherine Lester, director of the Seattle Human Services Department.

The shelter can by reached by the following bus routes: MT1, MT2, MT3, Rapid Ride DLine, MT8, MT29 and MT32.