This story is being updated as new locations are announced.
People living outside or in their vehicles in Seattle can stay cool and avoid possible heat-related illness at one of several locations around the city open this week.
The city’s HOPE team is doing street outreach, conducting welfare checks, providing basic supplies, like water, and offering people transportation to daytime cooling centers and some overnight shelter locations, which are limited in availability.
People living without proper shelter are at a higher risk for heat-related illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, according to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. In the most recent Point-In-Time count for Seattle and King County, more than 2,000 people were counted living outside and more than 2,700 were living in their vehicles in January of 2020.
The city of Seattle opened an emergency 24-hour cooling shelter at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. It opened Saturday morning and will close Tuesday morning. The shelter can hold up to 73 people and is run by the Salvation Army. Meals are provided by Operation Sack Lunch, also known as OSL.
King County opened a 24-hour cooling center in White Center, where people can stay the night. The center, located at 206 SW 112th St., will remain open until Wednesday morning. The center is operating 24/7, but people can only come and go between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. There are around 20 beds for adults and families who need to stay overnight.
In addition to several Seattle public library locations, pools and community centers that are open to the public, here’s an assembly of nonprofit and public day centers for homeless people that will be open this week:
- Seattle Indian Center’s Drop-In location, 1265 S Main St suite 105, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- The Salvation Army’s Jefferson Day Center, 4th Ave & Jefferson Street, will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week.
- The downtown Urban Rest Stop, 1924 Ninth Avenue, will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- The Urban Rest Stop in Ballard, 2014-B NW 57th St., will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- The Women’s Day Center, 1830 9th Ave, will be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Compass Housing’s Peter’s Place and Hygiene Center, 77 S. Washington St., will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Immanuel Community Services, 1215 Thomas St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- God’s Lil Acre, 12521 33rd Ave. NE, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- The Salvation Army is running a day shelter at the White Center Community Center, 9050 16th Ave. SW, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until end of day Tuesday.