Winter Shelter

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Eastside winter conditions endanger the lives of people in our community. The Eastside WEWS mats cropped - Copy - Copyinter Shelter (EWS) operates from November through the spring each year and is an emergency overnight shelter providing men safety from the cold elements. Men who visit are provided with a hot meal and a safe place to sleep. The trained staff also help connect the homeless to necessary resources, which will help them move toward security, stability, and independence.


The EWS is closed for the season now. We expect to reopen in November. 

Location515B 116th Ave NE (at Lincoln Center).  

HoursOvernight services will be from 7:30 pm to 7:30 am. Men are allowed on site beginning at 7:00 pm. 

The closest bus route is the 271 bus, which stops at 116 Ave NE and NE 2nd Pl. Walk back north, and the Center is on the left.

Space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority going to men who spent the previous night there. The EWS is the only low-barrier shelter for men on the Eastside. The men’s shelter is staffed by professional, experienced employees and volunteers managed by CFH.

Frequently asked questions

What time do I need to arrive?
Volunteers should arrive at 7:00 PM.

What should I bring for dinner?
Our men like most dishes, but if you need ideas, check out these websites:

How many men are at the shelter?
There are about 80 men at the shelter.

Are plates, bowls, napkins, cups, silverware, etc., provided?
We use paper plates, bowls, and utensils. We always appreciate donations of these items whenever possible. If you’re not able to donate these items, we do have them on site.

Do you have a way to keep food warm?
Yes, we have ovens you can warm food in before serving. All food needs to be cooked on arrival.

What if there are leftovers?
We will store your leftovers either for men who come in late, or for nights when we don’t have a meal donor.

Have more questions?
Please email