Weather News You Can Use From the Regional Homelessness Authority

By United Way of King County, on December 1, 2022 | In Fighting Homelessness, News

The King County Regional Homelessness Authority this week activated its severe weather response protocols for the third time since November, a growing trend in response to recent inclement climes in the region that prompted seven heat and air quality-related activations from July to September.

An independent agency working to end homelessness in the county, the Authority manages severe weather activations in the city of Seattle, using a three-tiered protocol for severe weather activation that was developed in collaboration with partners at Public Health—Seattle & King County, service providers and people experiencing homelessness.

The most recent activation was from Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2 and came in response to a weather system that left the region with its first major snow event of winter. The Authority also activates response protocols to make available emergency funding for outreach workers and service providers, who can also request warm clothing, wool or synthetic socks and gloves, sleeping bags, blankets, handwarmers and food.

While the Authority’s one-week, weather-related activation is about to end, there will undoubtedly be additional activations as the winter months turn colder. Here is an Authority-distributed list of resources and shelters provide relief during inclement weather. For more information, log onto

Seattle Extra Capacity Overnight Shelters:

Compass Housing Alliance

  • 60 bed capacity
  • Adults age 18+, all genders
  • Dinner and breakfast served
  • Pets OK

Fisher Pavilion

  • 75 bed capacity
  • Adults age 18+, all genders
  • Light breakfast served
  • Pets OK

Shoreline / North Seattle Overnight Shelter

St. Dunstan’s Church

  • 15 bed capacity

Burien Overnight Shelter

Highline United Methodist Church

  • Dinner, snacks and breakfast served

Seattle Regularly Operating Daytime Warming Centers for Single Adults

Seattle Day Centers for Women, Families, Youth and Young Adults

East King County 

Eastside Day Centers:

Eastside Emergency Shelters with Drop-in: 


Malls for daytime warming

The Outlet Collection

Westfield Southcenter Mall


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