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Hillsboro man froze to death in Portland on Monday, police say. Temperatures are expected to hover around freezing through the week.


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PHOTO: TRAVIS LOOSE - Several Hillsboro buildings and severe weather shelters will open their doors this week ahead of biting cold temperatures expected to last through much of the week.With weather expected in the 30s over the next several days, several local churches, libraries and severe weather shelters are opening their doors to people with no place to go.

The city of Hillsboro is opening several of its buildings for day and evening use. Two Hillsboro area severe weather shelters are also opening their doors for evening and overnight stays.

Weather forecasts predict overnight wind chills in the low single digits several nights this coming week. The forecast calls for temperatures below 30 degrees starting Sunday, Jan. 1. At these low temperatures there is increased risk of exposure-related injuries for unsheltered homeless people who do not have sufficient gear, such as coats, hats, gloves, footwear, tarps, sleeping bags and blankets.

The city released its list the same day that Portland Police said that a Hillsboro man froze to death on a Portland street earlier this week.

The man, Mark Elliot Johnson, 51, was found dead in the 9900 block of East Burnside Street on Monday night. A medical examiner rule the death of hypothermia.

Public buildings to warm yourself

Brookwood Library

2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

      10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday - Thursday

      10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday - Sunday

Shute Park Library

775 S.E. 10th Ave.

      10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday - Thursday

      10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,. Friday - Sunday

Hillsboro Senior Center

750 S.E. Eighth Avenue

      9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center (SHARC)

953 S.E. Maple Street

      5:30 am to 9:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

      7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday

      8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday


Overnight severe weather shelters

SOS Shelter at Orenco Station severe weather shelter

6701 N.E. Campus Way

The Safe Place severe weather shelter, for homeless youth age 13-19

454 S.E. Washington St.


Warming centers

Hillsboro Friends Church

332 N.E. Sixth Ave., Hillsboro

      11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Open Door Counseling Center

34420 S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway, Hillsboro

      9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

      (Closed Wednesday)

Just Compassion of East Washington County at Tigard Foursquare Church

13270 SW Pacific Highway, Tigard

      10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday.


If anyone sees an unsheltered individual that appears to be in danger or experiencing a medical crisis, they should call 911. To request a welfare check on someone, call the Washington County non-emergency number 503-629-0111, or the Multnomah County non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

"People seeking to get warm during daytime hours, are encouraged to utilize public buildings that are open to the public," city spokesman Patrick Preston said in a statement. "Examples include libraries and community centers, which will be open regular hours starting Monday."

Washington County's handful of severe weather shelters will also be open, providing area homeless a warm place to sleep and grab a hot meal. Severe weather centers will accommodate individuals and couples, pets and belongings, and do not require identification or any other documentation.

Washington County runs eight severe weather shelters, largely situated in local churches. The shelters are open different nights of the week. Hillsboro's Orenco Station center is the only shelter in Washington County open every night of the week during the winter. A complete list of Washington County's severe weather shelters is available here.




By Geoff Pursinger
Associate Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include Washington County warming centers

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