Council for the Homeless activates response to extreme hot temperatures

Living Hope Church, located at 2711 NE Andresen in Vancouver, will offer a cooling center this weekend during the extreme heat wave. Details are Friday July 5 from 1-7 p.m., Saturday July 6 from 2:30-7 p.m., and Sunday July 7 from 1-7 p.m. File photo
Living Hope Church, located at 2711 NE Andresen in Vancouver, will offer a cooling center this weekend during the extreme heat wave. Details are Friday July 5 from 1-7 p.m., Saturday July 6 from 2:30-7 p.m., and Sunday July 7 from 1-7 p.m.
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The extreme hot weather response includes the Housing Hotline, additional outreach, cooling centers and cooling stations

According to multiple weather models, Clark County will likely see consecutive days with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees beginning Friday (July 5). Council for the Homeless is activating a response for the Homeless Crisis Response System.

“The goal of the response is to assist people experiencing homelessness who are living outside or must spend periods of time outside to remain safe during the extreme heat,” shares CFTH Executive Director Sesany Fennie-Jones. “We are coordinating resources, cooling sites, and communication amongst community partners to ensure people are served during the extreme heat.”

The extreme hot weather response includes the Housing Hotline, additional outreach, cooling centers and cooling stations.

Housing Hotline:

  • People in need of emergency shelter can call the CFTH Housing Hotline at (360) 695-9677, M-F from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekends and holidays including Thursday, July 4 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Additional Outreach:

  • Council for the Homeless staff, coordinated outreach team members, and volunteers will be out over Friday-Monday visiting encampments and connecting with people outside to cooling shelter information and to provide water, snacks, and hot weather protection items.

Cooling centers:

  • Mill Plain United Methodist Church, 15804 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, 98684
    • Details: Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6, 2-8 p.m., Walk ins welcome, pets welcome, beverages and light snacks available
  • Living Hope Church, 2711 NE Andresen, Vancouver, 98661
    • Details: Friday July 5 from 1-7 p.m., Saturday July 6 from 2:30-7 p.m., and Sunday July 7 from 1-7 p.m.
  • Info on public buildings including libraries and shopping malls and other resources (type in your zip code) are available at https://www.211info.org/get-help/housing-shelter/extreme-heat-cooling-centers/?city_zip=98660

Cold water misting stations:

  • Couve Collective, 1009 W. 13th St. Vancouver, 98660
    • Details: Friday and Saturday, 2:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Additional misting stations and updated days or hours will be listed on Council for the Homeless
    Facebook and Instagram as they are confirmed.

How community members can help: Donate supplies and/or funds:

  • Council for the Homeless shares supplies directly with people in need, with coordinated outreach team members, and with community locations hosting cooling centers.

Donations of water, ice, small coolers, individually wrapped snacks, sunscreen, hats and other items can be delivered to the CFTH Housing Solutions Center at 2306 NE Andresen, Suite A., Vancovuer, 98661 during regular business hours. Donations can also be ordered from the CFTH Amazon Wish List and shipped direct to the Housing Solutions Center.

CFTH Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1ZD8W12QZ5ESH?ref_=wl_share

Donate funds for extreme heat supplies at https://councilforthehomeless-bloom.kindful.com/

  • Living Hope Church requests bottled water and snacks including popsicles. Drop off during open cooling shelter hours.

Community appreciation:

Council for the Homeless appreciates community support and partner engagement in offering a comprehensive extreme weather response. It is essential that we work together to care for everyone in our community.

About Council for the Homeless 

Council for the Homeless is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide community leadership, compelling advocacy, and practical solutions to prevent and end homelessness in Clark County.

Council for the Homeless is the lead agency for the Homeless Crisis Response System serving Clark County.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Tax ID# 91-2001828. Visit www.councilforthehomeless.org


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