Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Aug. 9, 2022

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Clark County emergency shelters open due to cold

By , Columbian staff writer
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Due to the cold weather forecast for this week, Council for the Homeless has issued a severe weather alert for the emergency shelter system in Clark County through Friday.

The severe weather alert means additional shelter space will be made available for people experiencing homelessness.

To access emergency shelter, call Council for the Homeless’ Housing Hotline at 360-695-9677. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. through 8 p.m. Weekend hours are 11 a.m. through 8 p.m.

Between 7:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday night, Living Hope Church, 2711 N.E. Andresen Road in Vancouver, will be open as a warming shelter on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.

The Living Hope shelter may operate beyond Wednesday if temperatures remain below freezing, according to Living Hope Church pastor Brian Norris. Updates about the shelter will be posted on Council for the Homeless’ Facebook page.

For those interested in donating, Living Hope Church needs ground coffee, hot chocolate, bottled water, beanies, gloves and sleeping bags. Volunteers are also needed. Those interested in volunteering can call Living Hope Church at 360-944-3905.

To donate or sign up to volunteer with Council for the Homeless, visit councilforthehomeless.org/winter-shelter-volunteering/.

Outsiders Inn, the organization that operates the Winter Hospitality Overflow and the Satellite Overflow Shelters, needs paper products, coffee, sugar and cream. To donate to Outsiders Inn, visit Outsidersinn.org.

The nonprofit Share needs donations for its Outreach program, where volunteers bring resources to people experiencing homelessness where they are. Donations of adult winter coats, shoes, boots, tents, tarps, sleeping bags and hand warmers can be brought to the Share Fromhold Service Center at 2306 N.E. Andresen Road between 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Only donations of new items are needed.

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