Market Street Shelter to Open Through December 27

Courtesy of the City of Medford

Medford Acting City Manager Kelly Madding has issued a severe weather event declaration effective Saturday, December 25 through Monday, December 27. The declaration allows the use of approved severe event shelter facilities to provide overnight lodging when the temperature is expected to be below 25 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 degrees Fahrenheit with additional factors such as precipitation or wind. The City is closely monitoring weather conditions and will provide updates to the declaration status as necessary.

Severe Event Shelter Location and Information: Navigation Center located at 685 Market Street. The shelter will be open December 25 – 27 during the hours of 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. Services, provided by ACCESS, include food, bedding and dry storage capabilities.

If local organizations are interested in opening their facility to individuals in need of shelter during this extreme weather declaration please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Tanner Farrington at 541-774-2300.

Additionally, the City will not be enforcing tent restrictions associated with the prohibited camping ordinance throughout the duration of this severe weather event declaration. All fires remain prohibited throughout the City.

The City has been working with community service providers to develop the framework for opening a severe event shelter and relies on those organizations who have the tools and expertise to staff the shelter. It is the City’s responsibility to monitor forecasted weather conditions, coordinate with service providers to determine staffing ability and if staffing is available, declare a severe event.

Please contact Matt Rogers, ACCESS Peer support and Outreach Supervisor at mrogers@accesshelps.org regarding specifics on the shelter and available services.

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