Winter warming shelter for homeless opens on eastside

Tuesday, 11/16/10 - 4:10 pm

For the most current information about warming shelters in Multnomah County, call 211info by dialing 2-1-1 or visit their website: 211info.org.

During a one-night count in January of 2010, there were 2,571 people in homeless families living in a shelter, 1,500 of which were children 17 years old or younger. In preparation for the cold weather this winter, Human Solutions partnered with Eastminster Presbyterian Church to open a new homeless warming center on November 1.

The Homeless Family Warming Center at Eastminster will provide homeless families with children and single women a warm and safe place to sleep through at least March 31, 2011. The shelter is open every night from 7pm until 7am and admits families on a first come, first served basis. There is currently room available for up to 60 individuals.

The Human Solutions Daybreak Shelter is located near the church that now houses the warming center. Families staying at the center can utilize services at the Daybreak Shelter to find housing and employment during the day when the warming center is closed. Caseworkers from Human Solutions will also be assigned to help families end their homelessness.

Multnomah County District 1 Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and District 2 Commissioner Barbara Willer have been working with local non-profits, community partners and faith communities to combat homelessness. On November 16, they participated in a Homelessness Awareness Walk as part of the Day of Homelessness Awareness. Multnomah County’s Department of Human Services is also providing direct support to the warming shelter and meeting day-to-day needs of guests.

In order to provide assistance to the families, the shelter is seeking donations of blankets, sheets and food. Donations can be made any night between 7pm and 9pm. To schedule a daytime drop-off, please call 503-256-2280.

The Homeless Family Warming Center is located at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 12505 NE Halsey Street. To volunteer or to donate, please contact Amie Diffenauer at 503-256-2280.

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