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Updated: Aug. 10, 2021

Extreme heat is predicted to blanket Portland this week and Blanchet House is gearing up to offer relief to people in need. Volunteers will hand out cold drinks, water, reusable water bottles, water misters, and care kits Monday – Saturday to help people find relief from the heat and stay hydrated. Anyone who comes to Blanchet House’s doors can receive water refills for themselves and their pets during three daily meal services.

You can help by donating gently used or new reusable water bottles for staff to sanitize, fill, and distribute. You can also donate store-bought single-serving bottles of water. Drop off items Mon-Sat, 8-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAY.

More details and a link to Blanchet House’s Amazon wish list at Blanchet House’s address is 310 NW Glisan, Portland, OR, 97209.

Care kits containing sunblock, a bottle of water, and other survival items can be made and handed out at Blanchet House. Learn how to make them from home.

Cooling Centers in Portland

The following cooling centers are expected to open on Weds., Aug. 11, and stay open through Friday, Aug. 14. Anyone who needs transportation support should dial 2-1-1. Pets are allowed at the three cooling centers, but only service animals are allowed at the library locations.

We will do our best to keep this list updated. Please check the Multnomah County website for the latest released information.


Sunrise Center
18901 E Burnside St.
Weds-Sun, Aug. 11-15
(overnight shelter)

Arbor Lodge Shelter
1952 N Lombard St, Portland
Weds-Sun, Aug. 11-15
(overnight shelter)

The Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Weds-Sun, Aug. 11-15
(overnight shelter)

Charles Jordan Community Center
9009 N Foss
Noon-9 p.m.
(daytime only)

Most libraries in Multnomah county will be open as cooling day centers from at least noon to 6 p.m. Check the library website for confirmed hours.

Capitol Hill Library
10723 SW Capitol Hwy
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Gresham Library
385 NW Miller Ave
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Kenton Library
8226 N Denver Ave
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Holgate Library
7905 SE Holgate
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Hollywood Library
4040 NE Tillamook
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Ave
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Northwest Library
2300 NW Thurman
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Other Ways to Help

If you can:

  • Keep portable water with you to offer someone.
  • If you see a person outside in the heat of the day who looks disoriented or confused, don’t assume that person is intoxicated. Those could be signs of heatstroke. Offer to help them move to a cooler space and dial 9-1-1.

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