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November 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Emergency shelters open up as temperatures plummet

Freezing temperatures throughout the Seattle metro area have prompted several cities and nonprofit organizations to open emergency shelters. Below are some of them. To add other facilities to the list, please e-mail

Seattle locations

Seattle City Hall

600 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

Hours: Line up no earlier than 7 p.m. Intake is between 7 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., or until full. Shelter hours are from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Who can stay: 75 men and women. Men and women are sheltered in separate areas of the building. Must be clean and sober. Service-provider referrals are preferred, but not required. No animals except service animals are allowed in. Accepts offenders and sex offenders.

Provided by city of Seattle Human Services Department, staffed by Salvation Army – William Booth Center.

Seattle Center

305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109

Hours: Intake begins at 9 p.m. on north side of the center at the Rainier Room. Intake is on the east side of the building. Opens only when City Hall winter shelter fills up or is anticipated to fill up.

Who can stay: Adult men and women, but no families

Provided by the city of Seattle Human Services Department

Plymouth Congregational Church

1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA, 98101

Hours: Intake is 10 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Monday; 9:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Who can stay: 30 women

Provided by city of Seattle Human Services Department – Transitional Living & Support and staffed by Women’s Housing Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL).

King County Administration Building

500 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Hours: Intake is at 8:30 p.m. Shelter is open daily from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. To get a spot in the shelter, line up in the park next to Fourth Avenue, just south of the courthouse and Jefferson Street.

Who can stay: There are 50 to 100 beds for men who are age 18 or older. No meal, hygiene or daytime storage services are provided.

Provided by the King County Winter Response Shelter and staffed by Salvation Army – William Booth Center.

YWCA of Seattle/King County/Snohomish County – Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women

2030 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Hours: Intake starts at 6 p.m. and goes until shelter is full. The shelter is open between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Women can call 206-770 -0156  starting at 6 see if space is still available.

Who can stay: 40 women age 18 and older. Women with criminal backgrounds welcome. Service animals are allowed in.

Emmanuel Bible Church — Phinney Ridge

503 N. 50th St., Seattle, WA 98103

Hours: Intake starts at 8 p.m. Open daily from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Who can stay: About 30 sober men. Meals are provided. Shelter guests must vacate neighborhood during the day and limited bus tickets will be available to help exit the area.

Provided by Seattle Union Gospel Mission. Workers are trained to encourage entry into detox and rehab programs and paths to housing assistance.

Locations outside Seattle

Lynnwood City Hall

19100 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood

Hours: Those who need shelter in South Snohomish County can meet shelter workers no later than 7 p.m. outside Lynnwood City Hall. Those with cars will be given directions to the shelter at Lynnwood City Hall. Contact Mark Waldin for more information at 425-419-7938.

Provided by:  the South Snohomish County Emergency Shelter Network

New Hope Christian Fellowship in Federal Way

31411 S. Sixth Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98003

Hours: Doors open at 7 p.m., lights out at 11 p.m. Guests must leave by 8:30 a.m. Shelter is open only when there are freezing temperatures. People who need shelter should either call 253-269-6585 or check the fellowship’s website  to see if the shelter is open. If the message at the top of the page says the shelter was open the previous day, it will be open the following day as well. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch, telephones, computers and social-services help are available.

Who can stay: Men and women, but priority will be given to families.

Kent Lutheran Church

336 Second Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032

Hours: Open from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Who can stay: There are separate sections of the shelter for men, women and families.  Priority is given to homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles.

Provided by Kent Housing and Human Services

Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter at North Bend Community Church

122 E. Third St., North Bend, WA, 98045

Hours: Open daily from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Walk-in only.

Who can stay: About 40 adult men, women and family members

Eastside Men’s Shelter at International Paper Plant Building

1899 120th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98008

Hours: Intake starts at 8:30 p.m. daily. Guests can be admitted until shelter closes at 7:30 a.m.

Who can stay: about 50 men age 18 and older. Dinner and breakfast provided. No daytime storage services are available.

Provided by Congregations for the Homeless (

Eastside Winter Shelter (rotating locations)

Until Dec. 15: Redmond United Methodist Church at 16540 N.E. 80th St., Redmond, WA

From Dec. 16 to Jan. 15: Redwood Family Church, 11500 Redmond-Woodinville Road, Redmond, WA

From Jan. 16 to end of cold season: Bellevue First Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004

Hours: Intake begins at 8:30 p.m. Shelter is open from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily. People are encouraged to call to see if there is available space at 425-417-4815

Who can stay: Women and women with children from anywhere in King County.

Provided by The Sophia Way (

Source: King County 2-1-1

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