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Longview declares cold weather event, clearing way for shelters to open

Longview declares cold weather event, clearing way for shelters to open

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The City of Longview has declared a cold weather event that will allow severe weather shelters to begin operating overnight shelters for the homeless starting Sunday night.

Low temperatures are predicted to be at or below 35 degrees beginning Sunday night and for the following several days days.

The following are permitted severe weather shelters in Longview at this time:

  • First Christian Church, 2000 E. Kessler Blvd.
  • The Baird House/St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1418 22nd Ave.This shelter is open to youth (17 and under) and to parents with minor children.
  • Cowlitz Family Health Center, 831 12th Ave. This shelter is open for day use only, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Longview City Manager Kurt Sacha has authorized Community Development Director John Brickey to issue temporary use permits for any buildings for which severe weather shelter designation may be sought. Buildings must be inspected by the city to make sure they meet basic building safety standards.

There is no fee for a temporary use permit for a severe weather shelter, and a permit may be valid for a period of 365 days.

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