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Cooling centers set to open in Clark County during heat wave

C-Tran will offer free rides; Council for the Homeless issues severe weather alert

By Mia Ryder-Marks, Columbian staff reporter
Published: July 3, 2024, 6:12pm

Council for the Homeless issued a severe weather alert for Friday through Tuesday night for the emergency shelter system in Clark County.

The announcement increases shelter capacity and alerts local organizations to provide additional resources. Clark County residents are expected to see consecutive days of temperatures exceeding 100 degrees beginning Friday. People experiencing homelessness have a much higher risk than the general population of developing heat-related illnesses.

C-Tran will not turn away any passenger who is riding to a cooling center. Passengers should tell the operator as they board that they’re heading to a cooling center and fares will not be enforced, according to C-Tran.

Council for the Homeless will have outreach team members and volunteers out Friday through Monday visiting encampments to provide information about cooling centers and shelters, as well as water, snacks and hot-weather protection items.

Available cooling centers:

  •  Mill Plain United Methodist Church: 15804 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver; open 2-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  •  Living Hope Church: 2711 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver; open 1-7 p.m. Friday, 2:30-7 p.m. Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sunday.
  •  A list of libraries, shopping malls and other places open to those seeking to cool off is available at https://tinyurl.com/yzwxejv9.

Cold water misting stations:

  •  Couve Collective: 1009 W. 13th St., Vancouver; open 2:30-6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Road 2 Home Safe Park:  1504 NE 138th Avenue, Vancouver, open 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  •  Outpost Safe Stay: 11400 NE 51st circle, Vancouver, open 2:30 – 6:30pm, Friday and Saturday
  • Living Hope Church: 2711 NE Andresen Road, Vancouver, 1pm-7pm Sunday
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