It's winter. Here's how to find shelter or help those in the cold.



It's winter. Here's how to find shelter or help those in the cold.

Temperatures have started to dip in Portland, which can be deadly for people who are living on the street. 

The city-county Joint Office of Homeless Services has four shelters available for the winter months, on top of the 1,500 year-round beds. When the weather is especially dangerous for people without a roof, there are even more spaces available.

Here's what you need to know if you need shelter this season, or if you want to help people who do.

The 75-bed winter family shelter is open in a former recording studio at 1150 NW 17th Ave. The space is donated by Tom Cody, developer and owner of Project ^, which has an office just a few feet away on the same block.

The shelter will be open from 6 p.m. to 6 am. every day, with day center space open at the First Unitarian Church building at Southwest 13th Avenue and Salmon Street. There, families can take showers, do laundry and hang out.

Portland Homeless Family Solutions will operate the shelter and day space, with support from Congregation Beth Israel, which hosted the shelter last year.

The family shelter will take in six families a day, each day, until filled up. To get a spot, call 211 or visit 211info.org.

The Walnut Park shelter will house 80 men, women and couples at 5329 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

Transition Projects Inc. will operate the Multnomah County-owned building. To get a space in the shelter, either call 211, visit Bud Clark Commons at 655 N.W. Hoyt St. or call the day center at 503-280-4700.

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