Resources for the houseless during this cold winter

As freezing temperatures continue, Portland Police officers will be actively looking for and checking on vulnerable people and facilitating transportation to warming shelters as needed.

Warming centers are open in Portland and Gresham with capacity during day and night. Call 211 in Multnomah County at any hour for the latest information about open shelters. Calls are answered in over 150 languages. You can also visit 211’s website at for updated information and sign up for emails or texts about updated warming center locations. Severe weather centers will accommodate individuals and couples, pets and belongings, and do not require identification or any other documentation. Families with children seeking shelter should also call 211 and will be directed to a shelter that can accommodate children.

Winter and Severe Weather Shelter in the Central Eastside: 

Imago Dei
1302 SE Ankeny Street, Portland 97214
Intake: Walk in
Hours: Monday, December 11, 2017 8:30pm-7am
Serves: Adults and couples age 18 and older. Pets allowed.

Year round shelters: 

Columbia Shelter
509 SE Grand Avenue, Portland 97214
Intake: Reserve a spot by either calling 503-280-4700 Monday-Friday 8am-4pm or walking in to the Transition Projects Day Center Monday-Friday 7am-6:45pm, Saturday/Sunday/holidays 8am-3:45pm (650 NW Irving Street)
Hours:  24 hours per day / 7 days per week
Serves: Adults 18 and older, with priority for age 55 and older, those with disabilities, and veterans
During extreme cold weather there is increased risk of exposure-related injuries for unsheltered people who do not have sufficient gear, such as coats, hats, gloves, footwear, tarps, sleeping bags and blankets. For information about what and where to donate, please contact 211info by dialing 211 or by visiting their website.

CityTeam International
526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland 97214
Intake: Walk in to sign up 5:45pm, must be check in by 6:30pm. $5 nightly fee waived due to weather Monday, December 11, 2017.
Hours: 7 days per week 5:45pm-7am
Serves: Male-identified adults age 18 and older

Year-Round Day Shelters:

St Francis Dining Hall
330 SE 11th Avenue (Church Basement), Portland 97214
Intake: Walk in
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6:30pm, Sunday noon-5pm
Serves: Unrestricted

CityTeam International
526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland 97214
Intake: Walk in or call 503-231-9334 for more information
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7am-6:30pm
Serves: Unrestricted

If you see someone outside, unsheltered whose life appears to be in danger or is in an apparent medical crisis, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, if you see someone about whom you are concerned, such as not being dressed for the weather conditions, call police non-emergency 503-823-3333 and request a welfare check for that person. To assist someone in locating shelter and transportation to shelter, please call 211. Call the Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line at 503-988-4888 for assistance related to behavioral health concerns.

For additional information on the dangers of cold including: hypothermia, carbon monoxide hazards and important information on the use of alternative sources of heat, please visit –

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