Extreme Weather Shelter Program
The Homeless Network of Yakima County operates four Extreme Weather Shelters, two in Yakima and one in Sunnyside. The shelters are usually open November through March, specific opening and closing dates are dependent upon area weather conditions.
In Yakima there is one men’s shelter located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, at 225 N. 2nd St., and a women’s shelter is located at the First Baptist Church 515 E. Yakima Ave. In Sunnyside a family shelter is located at Oasis Community Church at 344 N. 11th St.
Due to limited space the shelters are available on a first come first served basis. The Yakima shelters have a capacity 50 men and 15 women and the Sunnyside shelter can accommodate five families. Anyone wishing to use the Yakima shelters for the first time must sign up at 107 House, located at 107 S. 6th St. in Yakima, during normal working hours, Monday-Friday. Once a person has signed up they will be told where and when to go for transportation to the shelters.
Along with the Yakima shelters a warming center, called The Station, is located at the Vineyard Church on Martin Luther King Blvd. and N 3rd St. It’s open from 6:30-9:00 a.m. seven days a week and provides a warm safe place to stay during the early morning hours after the shelters have closed. Coffee and breakfast items are usually available.
The Network’s Extreme Weather Shelter Program is currently being managed Sunrise Outreach. If you would like additional information about the program, please contact Ken Trainor at (509) 949-9642.