Severe weather resources for homeless residents

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How Clackamas County cares for our neighbors

Clackamas County is working with partner agencies to prepare and keep the community safe and healthy in the winter weather forecasted to begin Friday.

Overnight warming

An overnight warming shelters is opened when the weather is predicted to be 33 degrees or lower (including wind chill) or when other conditions (snow, wind, flooding) make sleeping outdoors especially dangerous.

The Father’s Heart in Oregon City provides a group overnight warming center. The county also works with several non-profit organizations to provide overnight motel stays for people who are experiencing homelessness who are especially vulnerable. People in need of such emergency shelter should call 211. County staff will work with 211 throughout the duration of the weather event to provide overnight stays, supplies and transportation.

In partnership with Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Clackamas County has opened an overflow warming shelter at the Gregory Forum on the college's campus.

This overnight and daytime shelter opened in coordination with The Father's Heart in Oregon City. Clackamas County is asking that people seeking a warming shelter should first go to The Father's Heart instead of going directly to the Gregory Forum. Officials at The Father's Heart will be able to transport shelter guests to the Gregory Forum if needed.

The Gregory Forum shelter, which will stay open until at least Jan. 17, will also serve shelter guests amenities such as food and hot beverages. Several TriMet bus lines serve the campus, including Line 33. Service pets that are on a leash or in carriers are accepted at the Gregory Forum. The Clackamas Community College address is 19600 S Molalla Ave. Oregon City, OR 97045.

The Estacada Timber School has also opened its own shelter. However, it is not affiliated with Clackamas County. For more information, call James Hieb at 503-878-1905. As always, people in need of available warming shelters should call 211 to be directed to the nearest available resources.

AntFarm has partnered with Clackamas County and will be facilitating sheltering during the storm in the rural communities of Sandy, Estacada, and Molalla. The intake process will start at each AntFarm location starting from 3-5 p.m. running from Jan. 12-17. After intake, AntFarm will facilitate access to the nearest available shelter location.

Sandy Location: 39140 Proctor Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055 
Dates: Friday (Jan. 12) through Wednesday (Jan. 17)
Times: Intake and Shuttle pickup is 3-5 p.m. daily

Estacada Location: 350 SW Zobrist St, Estacada, OR 97023
Dates: Friday (Jan. 12) through Wednesday (Jan. 17)
Times: Intake and Shuttle pickup is 3-5 p.m. daily

Molalla Location: 213 N Molalla Ave, Molalla, OR 97038
Dates: Friday (Jan. 12) through Wednesday (Jan. 17)
Times: Intake and Shuttle pickup is 3-5 p.m. daily

We will have food, access to restrooms, hygiene items, and shelter.


Clackamas County funds six organizations to conduct homeless outreach. Outreach teams have access to cold weather supplies and food, and they provide timely information on how to access overnight warming. These teams also play a key role when flooding is forecasted on Johnson Creek. The county coordinates with 211 and outreach providers to connect with unsheltered people in need of safety from the elements and to support them in accessing shelter, including motel shelter.

Daytime warming

Our Warming Center page provides information on public spaces where people experiencing homelessness can find refuge during the day.

Ongoing support

While severe weather presents risks for houseless members of our community, it also provide important opportunities to connect people to services and housing, including placement on our by name list, case management, and housing navigation. We have more resources than ever to fund these connections, and all of our outreach teams have access to these services.