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Renton Severe Weather Shelter to Remain Open thru Monday, January 21

January 14, 2013

For more information contact:

Karen Bergsvik
, Human Services Manager, 425-430-6652
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

Update:  January 16, 2013 - Shelter will remain open thru Monday, January 21.

RENTON: Due to dangerously low temperatures, the City of Renton is partnering with Catholic Community Services to continue to open the Severe Weather Shelter at Renton Harambee Center. This shelter will be open nightly Monday January 14th, Tuesday January 15th, and Wednesday January 16th, closing the morning of Thursday, January 17th. The shelter is located at Renton Harambee Center, 316 South 3rd St. in downtown Renton. Check in and registration begins at 8:30 p.m. The shelter will close each day at 7 a.m., and all must vacate.

All are welcome. The Severe Weather Shelter is available for single women and men, couples, and homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles; separate sleeping spaces have been prepared for men, women, and for families with children. The SWS will be operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers from the greater Kent/Renton community. All must register at the door. As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of clients, staff and the broader community will apply.

There are also shelters open in Auburn, Federal Way, Bellevue, and Seattle. Please contact the Crisis Clinic by dialing 2-1-1 to access shelter information in these other areas or use this link for a list of winter shelters operating throughout King County http://cehkc.org/scope/shelters.aspx.

Please help by sharing, posting, and distributing this announcement. A flyer is also attached, which you can post on your door.

If you have good washable blankets, clean warm clothes (sweatshirts, hoodies, fleece) gloves, hats, or socks, the cold weather shelter can use them. Please drop them off at Renton City Hall, 6th floor.

For more information please contact the City of Renton, Human Services office at 425-430-6600.