severe weather

How you can save lives by volunteering at the Red Cross emergency warming center

By 211info Staff

At 211info, we get calls from around Portland from people needing emergency shelter because they’re afraid of freezing to death at night. And more often than not we make a referral to The American Red Cross warming center.

Severe weather shelters OPEN Jan. 4 and 5 in Multnomah Co. - check for important location information

By Troy Hammond

The temperature with wind chill is expected to reach 19 degrees on Saturday night, January 4, 2014, and 20 degrees on Sunday night, January 5, 2014. Winds and precipitation are not expected to be a significant factor, although the winds will pick up late on Sunday night.

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info, reached by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7.
Additionally, shelter information is available at

Oregon City's Father’s Heart Street Ministry Winter Shelter OPEN on Dec 11

By Matt Kinshella

The Father’s Heart will be open Wednesday night, December 11, 2013 as we experience one more night of below freezing temperatures. 

Doors open at 7pm. Adults and families welcome. No pets allowed. Hot meal and beverages served and breakfast in the morning. 603 12th Street in Oregon City. Take the #79 bus to the Oregon City Transit Center, and walk to 12th & Washington. 503-722-9780.

Roseburg Warming Center OPEN Dec 2

Roseburg Warming Center located at Faith Lutheran Church 820 W Kenwood St Roseburg OR is OPEN on Dec 3. 

The warming center provides transportation and meals as well. 

Walk-in between 7pm-9pm
Shelter will accept people until full.
Transportation provided from the 3 following locations:

  • 6pm Central Park, Sutherlin, OR
  • 6:30pm Roseburg Library
  • 6:45pm SE Burke Street and SE Stephens Street, Roseburg , OR

Union Gospel Mission Emergency Shelter OPEN Week of Dec 2

By Matt Kinshella

The Union Gospel Mission emergency shelter will open voluntarily evenings during the week of December 2, 2013.

Location and details

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, 503-228-0319
This is a walk-in facility.
Hours: 9:30 PM - 6:00 AM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

Note: This is not an official emergency winter shelter declaration from the City of Portland. Thus, the Red Cross shelter will not be open. 

Zion Lutheran Emergency Winter Shelter OPEN in Newberg Nov 22 and 23

By Matt Kinshella

Zion Lutheran in Newberg is open Nov 22 and 23 for people experiencing homelessness. They are open 8pm to 8am at 301 S River. You can call their shelter number at 971-832-9408 with questions.  

Eagan Warming Centers OPEN in Eugene and Springfield for Nov 23

By Matt Kinshella

The Egan Warming Centers in Eugene and Springfield will be open Nov 23 as temperatures are forecast to drop below 30 degrees.


  • First Christian Church 11th & Oak
  • Hill Trinity United, 444 Maxwell Rd
  • HOSEA Youth Site (18 and under) 8th& Monroe, Eugene
  • Ebbert Memorial 532 C St, Springfield

Learn more on their websites:


Beds for Freezing Nights Warming Centers are OPEN in Cottage Grove on Nov 23

By Matt Kinshella

Beds for Freezing Nights Warming Centers are activated on nights when the temperature falls to 29 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Warming Center locations are as follows:

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1025 N. 19th Street, Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove First Presbyterian Church is not activated at this time. 


Forest Grove Shelter OPEN Night of Nov 21 for Individuals and Families with Children

By Matt Kinshella

Forest Grove United Church of Christ will be opening their shelter beginning Friday, November 22, to provide a hot meal and shelter to homeless individuals and families with children. Doors open at 7pm. 

The extreme cold weather is forecasted to continue through early next week. If you would like to donate to these shelters, please contact them directly - they could use socks, gloves, coats, sleeping bags, and financial support to offset the heating and utility bills to operate their shelters.

Below is the complete Washington County shelter list:

Overnight Severe Weather Shelters Will Be OPEN in Portland, Nov 20 - 23

By Matt Kinshella

The National Weather Service forecasts that the wind chill factor will be below 25 degrees beginning Wednesday evening, November 20, 2013 and that it is expected to last through Saturday, November 23, 2013.

Severe weather shelter in Portland will be OPEN Wednesday through Saturday in response to the weather.

Severe weather shelters

Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at Imago Dei Church
1302 Ankeny Street, (near 13th Avenue in Inner SE)