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Sisters Opens Temporary Warming Shelter

SISTERS, OR -- Sisters opened a temporary cold weather shelter this week, in response to the extreme winter conditions. It's inside a currently vacant city-owned building on E. Main Ave. There is no permanent homeless shelter in Sisters. 

City Council approved an emergency declaration to allow the shelter to operate through January 25, 2024. It could be extended, if deemed necessary. Authorities outlined the following requirements for the facility:

  • Location:  291 E. Main Ave., adjacent to Fir Street Park.
  • Hours:  6 p.m. to 7 a.m. No re-entry allowed after 9 p.m.
  • Purpose: The building will serve as an overnight warming shelter for houseless families and individuals facing extreme winter conditions.
  • Code of Conduct: All visitors to the emergency shelter must agree to adhere to a specified code of conduct to ensure a safe and respectful environment for everyone.
  • Emergency Contact: In case of any issues or concerns, individuals can contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 541-693-6911. The emergency shelter will provide a daily contact number, accessible through the City's website.
  • This emergency shelter is a temporary solution aimed at providing assistance to houseless neighbors during the winter season.
  • The use of the building as a temporary emergency cold weather shelter is contingent upon the availability of volunteers. Community members are encouraged to participate in this vital initiative.

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