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Seattle Parks and Recreation opens severe weather shelter at Bitter Lake Community Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation will be operating Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave. N) as a warming and emergency overnight shelter for families with children, and people living in vehicles. Single adults and couples are welcome at this facility as well. This shelter will operate 24 hours a day beginning tonight. The shelter has an occupancy of 70 beds. Referral forms are not required, and limited services will be provided.

All regular Bitter Lake Community Center programs and activities, including preschool programs, are cancelled while the shelter operates.

For more information on severe weather shelters operating in Seattle, please visit:

Freezing temperatures put our neighbors living unsheltered at even greater risk, so please help the City get them into safer, warmer places. The City and its regional partners are working 24/7 to help bring people into warmer, safer places. If you are concerned about an individual living unsheltered, or in need, call 2-1-1, a resource line that can help connect an individual to resources. When the 2-1-1 line isn’t open, the 24-hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747 can provide information that the City provides on warming shelters, similar to how they do for sheltering information for people experiencing homelessness. If it is an emergency, contact Seattle Police by calling 9-1-1. SPD has transport vans to take people to warming centers and shelters.