Cold weather shelters are available as winter-like temperatures hit the South Sound. High temperatures in the Olympia area are expected to hover in the low-30s through the weekend with low temperatures expected to reach the low teens.
“We don’t want people in dangerous situations on the streets when it’s below freezing, just from a public health and safety perspective,” said Danny Kadden, executive director of Interfaith Works, which coordinates homeless shelters among local churches. Kadden said it’s difficult to accommodate people who walk in at the spur of the moment and that men’s shelters have long waiting lists.
The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter Olympia, 808 Fifth Ave. SE, is expanding its cold weather shelter capacity to 50 beds. The shelter opens at 9 p.m. when the temperatures reach 38 degrees or lower. A sign on the door will indicate whether the cold weather shelter is open. Adult males and females are accepted, but not children.
The Family Support Shelter for Thurston County, 201 Capitol Way N., serves women and children. The shelter has expanded its cold weather capacity to 30 beds. When demand exceeds the supply of beds, the shelter will provide bus passes to shelters in Aberdeen, Shelton, Centralia and Tacoma. Screening for families is available via the shelter’s hot line at 360-754-9297, Ext. 208. After 5 p.m., clients can call 360-628-7343.
For single adults, the SideWalk advocacy center is the main intake agency for finding shelter. The center is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday at 1139 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Call 360-515-5587 or 360-515-5620.
Tenino has opened a warming center at the food bank, 299 E. Suffix Ave. To learn more, call 360-264-5505.More information can be found at walkthurston.info/housing/emergency-shelter.