On nights when severe weather thresholds are met, the Joint Office of Homeless Services will mobilize operations at the Oregon Convention Center and other area locations to open extra night-time shelter capacity. These beds will be in addition to 1,300-plus government-funded beds that remain open year-round, and hundreds of additional seasonal beds that will be open every night of the winter, no matter the forecast on any given night.
The Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) has reviewed the most recent National Weather Service Forecast for Thursday night, 2/11, and find that Severe Weather thresholds will be met due to temperatures at or below 32 degrees for 4 hours or more, plus low windchill temperatures in the mid-teens and accumulation of snow, at weather monitoring locations.
Transition Projects will open a severe weather shelter tonight at the Oregon Convention Center to adults, couples, and pets from 8:30pm to 7:30am. The entrance is located at 965 N.E.1st Ave.
Families in Portland seeking shelter are encouraged to call 211, or they can present at any severe shelter to be referred to an appropriate family shelter option.
211 Info will coordinate transport for folks who would like shelter, but do not have a way to get there. Additional community-led warming sites may open, so please continue to check 211 for the most up-to-date information.
The Oregon Convention Center and other severe weather shelters do not require identification or other documentation. All shelter beds in this system are compliant with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.