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Cold-weather shelter in downtown Renton to remain open

Because of continuing cold overnight temperatures, the City of Renton and Catholic Community Services have once again extended the open house for the Severe Weather Shelter in downtown Renton.

The shelter at the Renton Harambee Ceneter, 316 S. Third St., will be open nightly Friday, Jan. 18, Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, closing the morning of Monday, Jan. 21.

Check in and registration at the door begins at 8:30 p.m. The shelter will close each day at 7 a.m., when all must leave.

The shelter is available for single women and men, couples, and homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles; separate sleeping spaces have been prepared for men, women, and for families with children.

The shelter is operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers from the greater Kent/Renton community. As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of clients, staff and the broader community will apply.

There are also shelters open in Auburn, Federal Way, Bellevue, and Seattle. Contact the Crisis Clinic by dialing 211 to access shelter information in these other areas or find other winter shelters operating throughout King County http://cehkc.org/scope/shelters.aspx.

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