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UPDATED: City Opens Severe Weather Shelters Downtown and at Seattle Center

UPDATED: HSD is partnering with Mary’s Place to open a downtown emergency shelter for families. 

UPDATED: The severe weather shelter at Seattle Center will remain open through Sunday, February 17th.

The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) opened a cold weather shelter on Sunday night, February 3rd that will run through Tuesday night, February 5th in light of the extended forecast for overnight temperatures below freezing. Salvation Army will operate the shelter, open to adults 18 and older (all genders), at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109). This shelter will be open from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM. The shelter is open access and no referral is necessary. Clients are asked to use the lower level entrance (on Mercer St.).

Seattle Center Armory will serve as a warming center from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.


“We expect that temperatures will dip to near freezing next week and welcoming as many people as possible indoors is imperative,” said HSD Interim Director Jason Johnson. “I am grateful for the Salvation Army’s continued support in operating the cold weather shelter and to Seattle Center for providing this space. We continue to ask all our shelter providers to ensure all available spaces are maximized to bring our neighbors indoors.”

The City has notified homeless services providers in the area, so they can direct people to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. King County Metro bus route #3 and Rapid Ride D Line serve this location.

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