The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) is opening a cold weather shelter from Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in light of the extended forecast for overnight temperatures around freezing. The Salvation Army will run the shelter, open to all genders, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109). This shelter will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day and has room for 100 people. No referral is necessary to access the emergency shelter.
“I want to thank the Salvation Army and Seattle Center for their ongoing partnership in operating emergency shelters in very cold weather,” said HSD Deputy Director Jason Johnson, who oversees such services for the department, “and ask that all shelters ensure that all available space is used to help bring people out of the cold.”
The City has notified homeless services providers in the area so they can direct people to the Seattle Center shelter. Download flier for distribution.
The forecast currently calls for below freezing temperatures throughout the week, creating extremely cold conditions in Seattle. For the most current forecast, please visit the National Weather Service website. For more information on how to prepare for winter weather, please visit Take Winter By Storm. Additionally, for up-to-date information pertaining to impacts in the City of Seattle please sign up for AlertSeattle at Alert.Seattle.gov