Update: New Severe Winter Shelter Availability

Winter Response: Jan.12 – Jan 19

SEATTLE – Last Sunday, the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) opened the Severe Weather Shelter at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. This shelter is open daily between 8pm and 7am through Monday morning, January 20. This shelter can accommodate roughly 100 adults and their pets, and no one will be turned away. The Seattle Center Armory will continue to be open during regular hours (7am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 7am to 10pm Friday and Saturday) to serve as a warming center. Since opening last Sunday, this shelter has seen a steady increase in overnight stays. For more details, please visit this page.

New Shelter Resources

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HSD is activating an additional shelter at the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT), which is located at 700 5th Ave. This shelter is also available to adults and pets and no one will be turned away. People may arrive at 7pm and wait inside for the shelter to open at 8pm. The SMT shelter will operate through Friday morning, January 17. 

HSD and Seattle Parks and Recreation are also opening an overnight shelter at the Bitter Lake Community Center, which is located at 13035 Linden Ave N. The shelter will open this evening at 7pm and run continuously as a warming center and overnight shelter for families with children and people living in vehicles. Single adults and couples are welcome at this facility as well.  This shelter will operate 24 hours a day beginning TONIGHT.

Additional Shelter

King County Administration Building will offer 50 additional emergency shelter beds through Wednesday night, January 15. The shelter is located at the King County Administration Building located at 500 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The shelter serves people who identify as men, age 18 and older, from 7pm to 6am.

Mary’s Place also has activated winter protocols
and can accommodate those with children experiencing homelessness. Mary’s Place
has expanded their intake hours and are partnering with Lyft and Uber to provide
transportation to families. Please call Mary’s Place at 206-245-1026 for more

All existing City-funded
shelters have been asked by HSD to expand capacity to accommodate all people in
need of safe shelter during this severe weather event. Shelter is also
available in the lower level and lobby of City Hall. 

Outreach and Resources

HSD has communicated with all City-funded service and outreach providers to open any additional spaces for increased capacity during severe weather and to connect with those living outdoors to encourage them to seek shelter. The Navigation Team will continue to focus efforts on outreach and storage services during this time and will be available to transport vulnerable individuals living unsheltered to shelter.

Freezing temperatures put our neighbors living unsheltered at even greater risk, so please help the City get them into safer, warmer places.  The City and its regional partners are working to help bring people into warmer, safer places. If you are concerned about an individual living unsheltered, or in need, call 2-1-1 to assist in connecting an individual to resources. If 2-1-1 line is busy, the 24-hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747 can also provide information on warming shelters. For emergencies, contact Seattle Police by calling 9-1-1. SPD has transport vans to take people to warming centers and shelters.

For additional information, please visit HSD’s Blog, Twitter, and Facebook.