Cold Weather Shelter open tonight through Saturday

Bitterly cold temperatures prompt city to open shelter at old chamber building.

In preparation for dangerously low temperatures, the City of Renton and the Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH) will open the cold weather shelter from tonight, Thursday, Dec. 15, through Saturday, Dec. 17.

The cold weather shelter is located at the Old Chamber building at 300 Rainier Avenue N.

The shelter will open at 8 p.m. on Thursday night and at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The shelter will close at 7 a.m. each day and all must vacate.

All are welcome. The cold weather shelter (CWS) 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 CWS will be operated by Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches staff from the greater Renton community. All must register at the door. As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of clients, staff and the broader community will apply.

Contact the Crisis Clinic by dialing 2-1-1 to access shelter information. For more information, contact the City of Renton Human Services office at 425-430-6600 or visit the City of Renton’s website at