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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 3, 2009

Severe weather shelter opens

Crossroads Community CenterWith temperatures forecasted to go below freezing tonight, the city will operate a severe weather shelter at the Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St., from 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Throughout the winter months the shelter is opened during periods of severe weather to provide overnight accommodations for up to 50 people. Bellevue provides the shelter in partnership with Catholic Community Services and the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council.

Information regarding current status of emergency overnight shelters is available at Parks & Community Services. Weather forecasts are monitored daily to determine if the shelter will be activated and the website is updated as weather conditions change. 

During severe weather, the shelter may be activated on a daily basis, and notification of the activation will be posted to the website by 1 p.m. each day.

Operating procedures
Doors for the severe weather shelter will open at 9:30 p.m. Clients must register at the door. As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of all clients and staff will apply. Clients will be taken in from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., at which point the shelter will be locked. By 6:30 a.m., all clients must vacate the shelter.

If you have a question about the shelter, you can call Angie Johnson (425-691-0517) or Ellen Hegenauer (206-406-7750), both of Catholic Community Services, or David Johns Bowling (425-749-8369) of the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council.

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Contact Information

Parks & Community Services
PO Box 90012
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Denise Catalano
Phone: 425-452-6165
E-mail: dcatalano@bellevuewa.gov
Contact: Emily Leslie
Phone: 425-452-6452
E-mail: eleslie@bellevuewa.gov

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