Clark County emergency shelters are opening due to the cold

Due to the cold weather forecast this week, the Homeless Affairs Council issued a severe weather warning for the emergency shelter system in Clark County by Friday.

A severe weather alert means that people who have been left homeless will be provided with additional shelter space.

To access the emergency shelter, call the Council on the Homeless Housing Hotline at 360-695-9677. Weekdays are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Between 7:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday night, Church of the Living Hope, 2711 NE Andresen Road in Vancouver, will open as a warm-up shelter on the go. You do not need to make an appointment.

The Living Hope shelter may continue to operate after Wednesday, when the temperature remains below zero, said the pastor of the Living Hope Church Brian Norris. Updates about the shelter will be posted at Homeless Council Facebook page.

For those interested in donations, the Living Hope Church needs ground coffee, hot chocolate, bottled water, hats, gloves and sleeping bags. Volunteers are also needed. Those interested in volunteering can call the Living Hope Church at 360-944-3905.

To donate or sign up to volunteer at the Homeless Council, visit councilforthehomeless.org/winter-shelter-volunteering/.

Outsiders Inn, the organization that manages Winter Hospitality Overflow and Satellite Overflow Shelters, needs paper products, coffee, sugar and cream. To donate to the Outsiders Inn, visit Outsidersinn.org.

Donations are needed for the non-profit organization Share Educational programwhere volunteers bring resources to people who feel homeless where they are. Donations of winter coats for adults, shoes, boots, tents, tarpaulins, sleeping bags and hand warmers can be brought to the Share Fromhold service center at 2306 NE Andresen Road on Thursday from 14 to 16 hours. Only donations of novelties are needed.

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