Hillsboro, Ore. – Washington County has opened additional Severe Weather Shelter Capacity starting Friday, January 12, 2024, at 2 p.m. This emergency measure is in response to dangerous weather conditions and will be in effect until Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Inclement weather shelters have been activated, providing refuge to anyone seeking shelter during the winter weather event. Individuals without housing seeking shelter should present themselves in person at the following locations:

  1. The Salvation Army Building, 1440 SE 21st Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123
    • Accessible via TriMet route numbers 57
    • Shelter Operator: Project Homeless Connect
  2. Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR
    • Accessible via TriMet route numbers 52, 76, and 78
    • Shelter Operator: Just Compassion

The shelters will remain open 24 hours throughout the severe weather event. Hot meals will be provided for guests, and no one will be turned away. Domestic pets are allowed, and individuals should be prepared to work with shelter staff as individual pet policies may vary.

To assist someone in obtaining transportation to a shelter location or to connect families with children to shelter, call 503-846-4722. Families with children may also present in person at the shelter locations listed above.

In case someone outdoors is unsheltered, and their life appears to be in danger, call 9-1-1. If there are concerns about someone during cold weather, call the police non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 and request a welfare check.

The Emergency Shelter program plays a crucial role as the “front door” of the homeless system of care. These shelters provide emergency services, including hygiene, nutrition, and safe sleep. Additionally, they help connect families and individuals to housing, employment, and supportive case management.

There are various shelter models, including bridge shelters for families and individuals with disabling conditions, congregate shelters with shared living and sleeping accommodations, alternative shelters like safe rest pods or pallet homes, and youth shelters for unaccompanied youth under 18. Winter and Severe Weather Shelters are specifically added during winter and weather events to increase emergency shelter capacity.