Seattle is opening a cold-weather shelter at Seattle Center.
As temperatures in the Seattle area drop below freezing, city officials are setting up a severe-weather homeless shelter at Seattle Center starting Friday night.
The emergency shelter will remain open through the night of Jan. 1 and will accept people over the age of 18, of any gender. The site is open to anyone — referrals are not required.
People will be allowed to stay inside the shelter between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. but they must leave during the day. No locked storage or food service will be provided.
Salvation Army staff will operate the shelter inside Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, at 301 Mercer St. Bus routes to the location include Metro’s Route 3 and the Rapid Ride D Line.
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The shelter has space for 100 people, although the Salvation Army will work to accommodate anyone who needs shelter, said Lily Rehrmann with Seattle’s Human Services Department.
Seattle-King County had the third-largest homeless population in the country in 2017, trailing just New York and Los Angeles, according to recently released federal figures.
A January point-in-time count found 5,485 people were living outside in King County, a 21 percent jump over the previous year.
For more information about the shelter, call 206-0684-0231; the phone is only answered during business hours.