Renton Opens Evening Cold Weather Shelters In Light Of Low Temperatures

The Severe Weather Shelters will be open nightly starting Thursday, January 10th, closing the morning of Monday, January 14th.

The Cities of Renton and Kent are partnering with Catholic Community Services to open Severe Weather Shelters (SWS) at the Renton Harambee Center and Kent Lutheran Churchdue to dangerously low temperatures and predicted snow accumulation over the next few days.

These Severe Weather Shelters will be open nightly starting Thursday, January 10th, closing the morning of Monday, January 14th.

  • Kent Lutheran Church 336 2nd Ave South Kent, WA 98032-5849
  • Renton Harambee Center 316 South 3rd St. Renton, WA 98057


These shelters will open nightly from Thursday January 10th through Sunday January 13th. Check in and registration begins at 8:30 p.m. The shelter will close at 7 a.m. the following morning.


All are welcome. The SWS is available for single women and men, couples, and homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles; separate sleeping spaces have been prepared for men, women, and for families with children. The SWS will be operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers from the greater Kent/Renton community. All must register at the door. As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of clients, staff and the broader community will apply.

There are also shelters open in Auburn, Federal Way, Bellevue, and Seattle. Please contact the Crisis Clinic by dialing 2-1-1 to access shelter information in these other areas or use this link for a list of winter shelters operating throughout King County http://cehkc.org/scope/shelters.aspx.

For more information please contact the City of Kent, Housing & Human Services office at 253-856-5070 or the City of Renton, Human Services office at 425-430-6600.

*Editor's Note: Information provided by the City of Renton.


Richard Bray January 11, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I commend the cities and these faith groups for partnering to help homeless neighbors and others in need.
Elizabeth P. Stewart January 14, 2013 at 06:18 PM
The shelter's hours have now been extended, so that it's open nightly until 7 am, Thurs., Jan. 17.


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