Cold Weather Shelter Dec. 25-Jan. 3, updated 1/3 at 8:00am

As of Monday, Jan. 3, Severe Weather Shelters and Warming Centers are closed.

A couple weeks ago, with the forecast calling for sub-freezing temperatures, Seattle and other cities opened extra space for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Thank you to our communities for coming together to bring people inside, we appreciate the very hard work of the people who are a part of this effort, and recognize that more inclusive permanent housing is the long-term solution.

Latest forecasts from the National Weather Service here.

Families with children call the King County Emergency Family Shelter intake line at 206-245-1026

King County Emergency Management has links to forecasts and cold weather tips, and is also keeping an updated list of winter weather shelters here.

Guidance on symptoms of hypothermia and how to treat it here.

Scroll down for info about libraries, transportation, and places to find warmth in North, East, and South King County. As of Monday, Jan.3, Severe Weather Shelters and Warming Centers are closed.

Map of all cold weather shelters and warming sites here.

Originally posted 12/22, this post is updated regularly, last updated 1/3 at 8:00am. As of Monday, Jan.3, Severe Weather Shelters and Warming Centers are closed.

Seattle Severe Weather Shelters

More information on the Seattle Human Services blog here. Printable flyer here. Map of Seattle severe weather shelters and warming centers here. As of Monday, Jan.3, all Severe Weather Shelters in Seattle are closed.

  • Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer Street., 206-735-9461, operated by Salvation Army, opens nightly at 7:00pm, serving all genders, pets ok, extended through 1/3
  • Compass Housing Alliance, 210 Alaskan Way S. (across from the Ferry terminal), 206-735-9461, opens nightly at 7:00pm, serving all genders, service animals ok, extended through 1/3
  • American Legion Post 160, West Seattle, (3618 SW Alaska St.), 206-932-9696, open 24/7, serving all genders
  • Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St., opens nightly at 9:00pm, operated by Lake City Partners, serving all genders
  • Seattle City Hall, enter on 5th Ave between James & Cherry St., open 24/7 starting Dec. 27, closes 7:00pm on Jan 2, operated by Seattle Urban League, 206-735-9461

During the day, the Armory at Seattle Center is open and warm 10:00am – 8:00pm. The Armory will be closed on Jan. 1 but will open after that on its regular schedule.

Seattle Day Centers: The following Seattle day centers for people experiencing homelessness are open and warm. These day centers remain open on their regular schedule.

  • The Salvation Army Jefferson Day Center (4th & Jefferson), Every Day, 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Seattle Indian Center Day Center, (1265 S Main St suite 105), Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Compass Hygiene Center (77 S Washington St.), Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 3:30pm
  • Elizabeth Gregory Home (1604 NE 50th St.), Sunday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm, women only
  • God’s Lil’ Acre (12517 33rd Ave NE), open 24/7
  • Immanuel Community Services (1215 Thomas St.), Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 2:00pm
  • YouthCare Orion Center (1828 Yale Ave), Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30pm – 7:00pm and Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm; youth only (ages 12 to 24)
  • Mary’s Place Day Center (1830 Ninth Ave), Monday – Friday from 7:00am – 3:30pm; women or women with children only
  • Urban Rest Stop
    • Ballard (2014-B NW 57th St), Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 2:30pm
    • Downtown (1924 Ninth Avenue), Monday – Friday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm and Saturday – Sunday from 8:00am – 3:00pm

Seattle Parks Warming CentersAs of Monday, Jan.3, all Seattle Parks warmng centers are closed.

  • International District/Chinatown Community Center: (719 8th Ave S, Seattle). Hours vary daily. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 11:00 am- 9:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday: 10am-7pm; Saturday: 10:00 am-7:00pm
  • Magnuson Park  (Building #406: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle).  Monday and Tuesday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday 10am-7pm
  • Northgate Community Center: (10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle). Open M-F: 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-7:00 pm
  • Rainier Beach Community Center: (8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle). Hours vary daily Monday-Thursday 10:30am – 8:00 p.m., Friday 10:00am – 7:00 pm, closed Sat & Sun
  • Lake City Community Center, (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle), Wednesday-Sunday 11:00am – 7:00pm

Transportation

Metro Buses: As of Monday, Jan.3, Metro is back on regular routes. Reduced service due to snow, rides are free (there is no enforcement of fares during snow events). King County Metro riders can travel to emergency shelters on regular bus service, and every bus is warm. Face masks required. Trip planning help is available online or by calling Metro’s call center, 206-553-3000. A list of bus routes currently running and more information is here. Cancellations can be found in the Next Departures tool in Trip Planner or by texting your bus stop number to 62550.

Seattle Police Community Officers are providing rides to shelters and warming centers, available Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm, call the non-emergency line at 206-625-5011

Health One (Seattle Fire Department) and the Seattle HOPE Team are also coordinating transportation to shelters.

Find a Ride: Check FindARide.org for county-wide transportation options

Map of all cold weather shelter and warming sites here.

Libraries

East King County

  • Bellevue: Congregations for the Homeless (515B 116th Ave NE, Bellevue), for adult men, 425-496-4885, closest bus route is the 271
  • Bellevue: Daytime Warming on Dec 28-30 (now closed) at
    • North Bellevue Community Center (4063 148th Ave NE, Bellevue), 9:00am – 5:30pm
    • South Bellevue Community Center (14509 SE Newport Way, Bellevue), 10:00am – 4:00pm
    • Bellevue Aquatic Center (601 143rd Ave NE, Bellevue), 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Kirkland: The Sophia Way, two locations, Helen’s Place (8045 120th Ave NE, Suite 200, Kirkland) and Sophia’s Place (3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue), women or women with children only, 425-896-7385, closest bus routes are the 239 and 250
  • Kirkland: New Bethlehem Place (8045 120th Ave NE, Suite 100, Kirkland), for families with children, 425-679-0354 
  • Redmond: Daytime Warming at Redmond City Hall (15670 NE 85th St., Redmond), Dec. 27-31, 9:00am – 5:00 pm, now closed
  • Redmond: Friends of Youth (16101 NE 87th ST Suite 110, Redmond), for youth and young adults, 206-236-5437
  • Newcastle: Beit Tikvah Congregation (7935 136th Ave SE, Newcastle), Volunteer led – call 206-413-1647, now closed
  • Issaquah: Day Center – Issaquah Senior Center (75 NE Creek Way, Issaquah), Dec. 26 at 10:00am – 6:00pm, Dec. 27-30 at 8:30am-4:00pm, Dec. 31 at 10:00am-6:00pm, now closed
  • Snoqualmie: Old Snoqualmie Library (38624 SE River St., Snoqualmie), open to all genders
    • Note that Snoqualimie Valley Transit is experiencing delays and riders are asked to meet the bus on the nearest plowed road. For updates cal 425-888-7001

North King County

  • Shoreline: St. Dunstan’s Church serving as Shoreline Emergency Shelter (722 N 145th St, Shoreline, off Aurora), for single adults and couples, 8:30pm – 7:30am, now closed
  • Shoreline: Lake City Partners (16357 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline), for single adults and couples, 206-913-2267
  • Bothell: Daytime Warming at Bothell United Methodist Church (18515 92nd Ave NE, Bothell), Dec. 26-30, open 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Kenmore: Hopelink (18015 63rd Ave NE, Kenmore), for families with children, closest bus route is the 522
  • Lake City / North Seattle: Seattle Mennonite Church (3120 NE 125th St., Seattle), open to all genders nightly at 9:00pm
  • Lake City / North Seattle: God’s Lil’ Acre (12517 33rd Ave NE, Seattle), open to all genders, nightly at 9:00pm, also has day center

South King County

  • Auburn: Sundown Overnight Shelter (2806 Auburn Way N., Auburn), open 9:00pm nightly, Dec. 25-Jan. 2, call 253-334-4860 or 253-397-0571, closest bus route is the 271
  • Auburn: Arcadia Young Adult Shelter (932 Auburn Way S., Auburn), for youth and young adults, extended hours for daytime drop-in, overnght shelter open at 9:00pm, 253-740-7189
  • Burien: Highline United Methodist Church (13015 1st Ave. S., Burien), Dec. 26-31, 7:00pm – 8:00am (may extend hours), call 206-241-5520, humcemergencyshelter@gmail.com, closest bus route is the 131, now closed
  • Burien: Daytime Warming at Burien Community Center (14700 6th Ave SW, Burien), Dec. 27-30 at 10:30am – 7:00pm and Dec. 31 at 10:30am – 5:00pm, no pets, now closed
  • Kent: Kent HOPE (9909 Canyon Dr., Kent), for women or women with children, between 8:00am-4:00pm call 206-200-8610, after hours call the King County Family Intake Line at 206-245-1026, closest bus route is the 160/168 along Canyon Rd/E Smith St.
  • Kent: Kent Lutheran Church (336 Second Ave. S., Kent), Dec. 27-31 nightly at 7:00pm, now closed
  • Kent: Daytime Warming at Kent Commons Community Center (525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent), Dec. 27-30, 8:00am – 5:00pm, call 253-856-5100, now closed
  • Renton: Highlands Neighborhood Center (800 Edmonds Avenue NE, Renton), Dec. 27 – Jan. 2, open 24/7, serving all genders and families, no pets, call 206-657-0484, closing Sunday Jan 2 at noon
  • Newcastle: Beit Tikvah Congregation (7935 136th Ave SE, Newcastle), Volunteer led – call 206-413-1647, now closed
  • Federal Way:
    • FUSION Family Center, please call the King County Family Intake Line at 206-245-1026;
    • FUSION’s closest bus route is the 500 from the South and A Line or 903 from the North
    • Federal Way Community Center for Daytime Warming, Monday – Friday 5:00am – 9:00pm; Saturdays at 7:00am – 6:00pm; and Sundays at 9:00am – 5:00pm (hours may vary depending on driving conditions). Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1.

Malls

Local malls like The Outlet Collection in Auburn, Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, and the Armory at Seattle Center are warm and open to the public.

COVID Precautions

Public Health Seattle-King County guidance is clear that “while the risk of COVID is great, it does not surpass the dangers associated with exposure to extreme weather.” Guidance and planning tools for shelter operators here. Public Health continues to recommend physical distancing, face masks, symptom checks, testing, and vaccines. Service providers who need supplies or assistance mitigating COVID or other communicable diseases, please call 206-296-4774 or chs.heart@kingcounty.gov. For information on county Isolation & Quarantine facilities, available to any person who cannot isolate or quarantine at home, please call 206-477-3977.

Guidance on symptoms of hypothermia and how to treat it here.

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