Shelter and access center programs act as the “front door” of our homeless system of care. They provide emergency services including hygiene, nutrition, and safe sleep, while also helping to connect families and individuals to housing, employment and supportive case management.
There are several shelter models:
- Bridge shelters: private shelter rooms for families and people with disabling conditions
- Congregate shelters: emergency shelter with shared living and sleeping accommodations
- Alternative shelters: such as safe parking and pod villages
- Youth shelters: for unaccompanied youth under 18
- Winter and Severe Weather Shelters: added emergency shelter capacity during winter and weather events
To access emergency shelters please contact Community Connect at 503-640-3263 or work with your case manager at one of these partner organizations.
See map below of existing and future shelters in Washington County.
Severe Weather Shelters
In the event of severe weather conditions, additional shelter capacity is added throughout the County to ensure that everyone can come inside, and no-one is turned away during extreme weather events such as freezing temperatures and heat waves.
Severe Weather Shelters are NOT open at this time.