Photo courtesy of city of Renton.

Photo courtesy of city of Renton.

Renton prepares to open emergency weather shelter

City of Renton announced Friday morning, Jan. 10, its emergency weather shelter will be open early the following week to those in need, as weather predictions show snow flurries and low temps.

The city and its shelter partner Catholic Community Services (CCS) will open the shelter Monday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The shelter, located at 300 Rainier Ave. N, Renton, will open at 8 p.m. and close the following morning at 7 a.m. Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH) that houses a feeding center in the same building will offer a warm-up breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. those mornings. Snacks and food will also be provided.

The building has a maximum capacity of 30 people. As previously reported by Renton Reporter, the city estimates they have about 50 chronically homeless folks in Renton. King County, City of Seattle and Mary’s Place are some of the other night shelters also opening on those nights. Renton’s shelter flyer states drop-ins are welcome, and that it is safe and confidential.

The city’s press release states the shelter is barrier-free and available to all singles, couples and homeless families with children who are either living on the streets or in vehicles. Attendees must register at the door. Separate sleeping places are prepared for men, women and families with children.

“As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of clients staff and the broader community will apply,” the press release states.

The flyer states that no pets are allowed in the shelter. The shelter is a “mat on floor” shelter, operations and staff from CCS.

The shelter is also near King County Metro bus routes 106 and 107.

For more information, visit rentonwa.gov/cs or rentonwa.gov/sws. For shelter information, contact Crisis Clinic at 211.


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