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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Contact:
Keylee Marineau, Homeless Prevention Coordinator, (360) 867-2544 or keylee.marineau@co.thurston.wa.us 

Hazardous Weather Event Declared to Increase Cold Weather Shelter Beds for Single Adults and Open a Day-Time Warming Center
Low temperatures and potential for snow expected to continue into the weekend

OLYMPIA – The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for below freezing weather patterns mixed with snow flurries in the Puget Sound through Sunday, Feb. 14. This frigid weather and potential of snow is dangerous for those without shelter. Therefore, Thurston County has declared a four-night Hazardous Weather Event, tomorrow through Sunday. 

During this unusual cold weather, Thurston County Homeless Service Providers and City of Olympia staff will provide multiple options for individuals living outside to get warm. 
  • Overnight Shelter Beds: Following COVID-19 safety protocols, 12-15 extra cold weather shelter beds will be available at First Christian Church on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and remain available until 8 a.m. Sunday morning, Feb. 14. 
  • Day-Time Warming Activities: A daytime warming center will be available from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 through Friday, Feb. 12. 
  • Increased Shelter-In-Place Outreach Activities: Partners in Prevention Education outreach staff will be providing increased distribution of survival supplies to individuals and families living in encampments. 
“Typically, during a Hazardous Weather Event, we would be able to offer significant expansion in emergency shelter beds,” said Keylee Marineau, the Homeless Prevention Coordinator for Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. “The Homeless Crisis Response System shelters are still operating with COVID-19 safety practices in place. We are so grateful for our partner’s willingness to offer safe options for unsheltered folks, given the limitations of COVID-19. It is imperative, with freezing temperatures and snow flurries on the horizon, we do what we can to keep people safe.” 

Emergency Shelter Beds nightly from 6 p.m. - 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Sunday, Feb. 14 will be available for up to 15 single adults without children, pending appropriate staffing levels. Please email Keylee.Marineau@co.thurston.wa.us for more information. 

Additional cold weather shelter options are available at Union Gospel Mission for single adults. Family Support Center's Pear Blossom Place is available for families with children seeking shelter and Community Youth Services is available for youth ages 18-24. 

For more information on available shelters, contact the Thurston County Shelter Hotline at 1-844-628-7343.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3