With public facilities closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is almost impossible for people experiencing homelessness to meet their basic needs. With winter coming, the weather could be life-threatening to people without housing. In collaboration with Just Compassion of East Washington County and Washington County, the city will be opening the Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter (BSWS) in a more robust way than before.
This year, the shelter will serve 30 adults experiencing homelessness per night, providing a warm, safe space to shelter-in-place and work on a transition to housing. The shelter is anticipated to open at the Beaverton Community Center (12350 SW Fifth St.) on Sunday, Nov. 15, and will stay open through March 2021.
To best maintain the health and safety of everyone involved, the shelter will stay open 24 hours a day/seven days a week during this period and will follow precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic. The continuous opening will guarantee beds for enrolled guests at the shelter and more opportunity for referrals to needed social services.
The shelter is one of several shelters for adults operating within Washington County with the goal of ensuring no one dies of exposure this winter. For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/shelter.