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Cold weather shelter opening extended through Friday, January 6

January 4, 2017
For information contact:

Karen Bergsvik, Human Services Manager, 425-430-6600
Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director, 425-430-7027
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

- With the forecast for dangerously low temperatures extending through the week, the City of Renton and the Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH) will keep the cold weather shelter open an additional two days. The shelter will now remain open through Friday, January 6. The cold weather shelter is located at the Old Chamber building at 300 Rainier Avenue N.

The shelter will open at 8 p.m. and close at 7 a.m. each day and all must vacate.

Where: Old Chamber building, 300 Rainier Avenue N, Renton, WA.
Dates: Wednesday, January 4 through Friday, January 6
Check-in and registration: 8 p.m.
Check-out: 7 a.m. each morning the shelter closes and all must vacate.

All are welcome. The cold weather shelter (CWS) is barrier free and 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 families with children. The CWS will be operated by Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches staff from the greater 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.

If you wish to bring a food donation, please drop it off after the shelter is open. Snacks (individually wrapped granola bars, trail mix, sunchips, etc.) fruit like bananas and mandarin oranges; or individually wrapped breakfast pastries are needed. Blankets will also be accepted when the shelter is open.

Please contact the Crisis Clinic by dialing 2-1-1 to access shelter information. For more information please contact the City of Renton Human Services office at 425-430-6600 during business hours or visit the City of Renton’s website at