City of Renton opens Severe Weather Shelter at the Highlands Community Center.

The shelter will be open to families and individuals through Jan. 2.

The City of Renton has activated a Severe Weather Shelter at the Highlands Community Center that will be open through Jan. 2 for families and individuals to stay safe and warm during the cold winter weather.

The Highlands Neighborhood Center located at 800 Edmonds Avenue NE will open the Severe Weather Shelter at 8pm for check-in and registration and will vacate every morning at 7am when the shelter closes.

According to the city, all are welcome. The severe weather 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 will have separate areas for men, women, and families. Snacks, food, and warm beverages will be provided. However, no pets are allowed.

The SWS will be operated by REACH staff. All must register at the door. As with all shelters, rules for health and safety of clients and staff will apply and COVID guidelines will be followed.

Contact 2-1-1, Crisis Connections, to access shelter information.