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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Night shelter to stay open through cold snap

With the cold snap continuing, Bellevue plans to operate its severe weather shelter at the Crossroads Community Center the nights of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 through Dec. 12.

Located at 16000 NE 10th St., and operated in partnership with Catholic Community Services and the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council, the shelter will be open from 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each night. It can accommodate up to 50 people.

The city opens its severe weather shelter whenever "conditions are deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to life or health of persons." The shelter has been open every night since temperatures first went below freezing at night on Dec. 3. Twenty people stayed at the shelter last night. 

For immediate information about the shelter, call Angie Johnson of Catholic Community Services (425-691-0517) or David Johns Bowling of the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council (425-749-8369). The latest shelter information will be posted on the Extreme Weather Response page.

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.


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