Beaverton Homeless Shelter

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About the Beaverton Homeless Shelter

The Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter (BSWS) was opened in January 2017 to provide a warm, safe space for adults experiencing homelessness to stay during the winter. The primary goal of the shelter is to ensure that no-one dies from exposure to the elements due to lack of housing in Beaverton. The shelter provides space for 30 adults to sleep and 3 meals a day.

A permanent year-round shelter currently in development will increase the stability provided to individuals experiencing homelessness, and provide a critical link for transition to housing. The community has long identified this need, which is listed as a priority in the Beaverton Community Vision (#34) and the city’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Plan (HL 1.6) and is anticipated to open in winter 2022.

Current Season

The Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter will close on Sun., May 30, 2021. The shelter will reopen in November 2021 for the winter season at the Beaverton Community Center, check this site for updates.

Program History

2021
  • The city is expected to receive American Rescue Plan funding to site Washington County's first year-round congregate shelter for adults in Beaverton
  • At the end of the winter season, the shelter was extended again due to COVID-19, and added an additional 60 days of operation thru May
2020
  • A shower trailer was provided to the shelter 2 days/week thru a partnership with Community Connections
  • The shelter was reopened in November 2020 as a 24/7 shelter
  • At the end of the normal winter season, the shelter was extended due to COVID-19 and began operating as a 24/7 shelter March-May with staff instead of volunteers
2018-19
  • Season four of winter shelter runs Nov 2019-March 2020
  • Season three of winter shelter runs Nov 2018-March 2019
2017
  • First full season of the BSWS runs from Nov 2017-March 2018
  • The Beaverton SWS opens in Jan 2017 for 30 people, with Just Compassion of EWC providing operations 1day/week thru March at the Beaverton Community Center
2016
  • Mayor’s Taskforce on Homelessness recommends a winter shelter as one of three immediate steps to respond to the homelessness crisis

Volunteer preparing a guest bed at the shelter.

Volunteers

Thank you to more than 100 volunteers that provided their time and energy to the Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter – more than 7,500 hours of time have been provided to serving meals, staying overnight to assist guests, and helping with set-up and check-in each day! This shelter has been consistently supported by our community, with donations, volunteers, and referrals for folks in need.

No opportunities or donations needed at this time, check back for updates.

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