Where to get out of the dangerous cold around Seattle

Freezing temperatures and possible snow are in the forecast for Seattle this weekend and next week. Some cities around the region will open severe weather shelters for people experiencing homelessness to escape the cold.

This year in Seattle at least eight people died from hypothermia while experiencing homelessness, according to the Homeless Remembrance Project. Next week the National Weather Service forecasts daytime high temperatures across Seattle may struggle to reach freezing everyday. Overnight lows could drop to as low as the single digits.

“It’s been many years since those of us at the Weather Service in Seattle have seen forecast data like this,” said Reid Wolcott, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, “much like the heat effect that we experienced earlier this year.”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Thursday, “this dangerous cold will be the lowest and coldest temperatures that we’ve seen in more than a decade in Seattle.”

Families with children seeking shelter can call the King County Emergency Family Intake Line at 206-245-1026.

The King County Regional Homeless Authority has a list of open day centers here.

Below is a list of available overnight shelters around the Puget Sound region:


  • Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Address: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Hours: Saturday 12/25 through Wednesday 12/29; open nightly at 7p.m.

Phone: 206-735-9461

Notes: serves all genders 18+; adjacent to the Seattle Center Armory for day use; non-aggressive dogs allowed

  • Compass Housing Alliance Shelter in Pioneer Square

Address: 210 Alaskan Way South, Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-735-9461

Hours: Saturday 12/25 through Wednesday 12/29; open nightly at 7p.m.

Notes: serves all genders 18+; Day Center available; service animals only


  • Auburn Food Bank

Address: 2806 Auburn Way North, Auburn, WA 98002

Phone: 253-334-4860 & 253-397-0571

Hours: Saturday 12/25 and Sunday 12/26; open nightly 9p.m. to 7a.m.


  • Congregations for the Homeless

Address: 515B 116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Phone: 425-496-4885

Hours: 24/7

Notes: serves single men 18+

  • Sophia’s Place

Address: 3032 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Phone: 425-896-7385

Hours: open nightly 7p.m. to 8a.m.

Notes: serves single women


  • Highline United Methodist Church

Address: 13015 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98146

Phone: 206-241-5520

Hours: Sunday 12/26 through Friday 12/31; open nightly 7p.m. to 8a.m.


  • Catholic Community Services/ New Bethlehem

Address: 8045 120th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98033

Phone: 425-679-0354

Hours: 24/7

Notes: serves families with children


  • The Landing Shelter

Address: 16101 NE 87th Street, Suite 110, Redmond, WA 98052

Phone: 425-449-3868

Hours: open nightly 8:30p.m. to 8a.m.

Notes: serves peoples ages 18-24


  • Highlands Neighborhood Center

Address: 800 Edmonds Avenue NE, Renton, WA 98056

Phone: 425-430-6744

Hours: open nightly from 8p.m. to 7a.m.

Notes: all are welcome including families with children


  • St. Dunstan’s Church

Address: 722 North 145th Street, Shoreline, WA

Phone: 206-801-2797

Hours: open nightly from 8:30p.m. to 7:30a.m.

Information on Metro bus snow routes and road conditions can be found on King County’s website.

Article Source: KUOW