Clackamas County contracts with warming center providers for homeless shelter beds on nights when the weather is predicted to be 33 degrees or lower (including wind chill, based on National Weather Service) or when other conditions such as accumulated snowfall, high winds, flood watches/warnings or other phenomena make sleeping outdoors especially dangerous.
Homeless adults are the primary demographic that accesses these warming centers, but families with children may also access them.
Each site decides by 1 p.m. whether or not they will be open based on National Weather Service predictions for their local area. Contact them directly to see if they are open on a given day. Clackamas County and 211info post openings as they are confirmed.
Persons experiencing homelessness do not need to call ahead and can go to most of the sites that are the most accessible to them. The exception is Annie Ross House Family Warming Center, where people are urged to call 971-533-6445 by 5 p.m. to check availability and get the site’s location.
Hot drinks and sleeping mats or cots are available at all centers and meals are offered as available.
For more information, members of the media or public may contact Scott Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-318.1448.