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Severe weather prompts the Joint Office of Homeless Services to open three more shelters in the county Monday

PMG FILE PHOTO - Additional indoor shelter is now available.Even though weather forecasts are uncertain, the city-county Joint Office of Homeless Services is opening three emergency shelters Monday, Jan. 13. Despite conflicting predictions on when snow might arrive, they are likely to remain open for the next few days.

The shelters are located at: Bud Clark Commons, 650 N.W. Irving; Imago Dei, 1302 S.E. Ankeny; and Sunrise Center, 18901 E. Burnside.

According to the most recent Multnomah County Domicile Unknown report, 92 houseless people died in 2018. This is the highest figure the county has documented since it started producing the report.

"Overall, close to 2,000 publicly funded beds will be available, including 350 severe weather beds opening tonight, more than 200 beds that are open all winter and more than 1,400 beds that are open year-round. Beyond those publicly funded beds, private community partners also will host dozens more people," JOHS said.

Anyone needing shelter or help with transportation should call 211. To donate needed supplies, go to www.211info.org/donations.


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