City opens severe weather shelter at City Hall

SEATTLE (December 16, 2016) – As the region’s cold weather continues, the Seattle Human Services Department will open an emergency co-ed adult shelter at Seattle City Hall (601 5th Ave) from tonight, Friday, December 16, through Sunday night, December 18. This co-ed shelter will be open from 7 PM to 7 AM and has room for 100 people. Pets will be allowed and no referral is necessary to access the emergency shelter.

The emergency shelter at City Hall is opening as an alternative to the Seattle Center emergency shelter, which is unavailable this weekend. Individuals looking for shelter from freezing temperatures are encouraged to come to City Hall and enter from the 4th Avenue entrance. The severe weather shelter will serve individuals 18 and older and will be operated out of the Bertha Knight Landes room. It will be operated by the Salvation Army.

The forecast currently calls for below freezing temperatures, creating extremely cold conditions in Seattle. For the most current forecast, please visit the National Weather Service website. For more information on how to prepare for winter weather, please visit Take Winter By Storm. Additionally, for up-to-date information pertaining to impacts in the City of Seattle please sign up for AlertSeattle at