Severe Weather Shelter Opens in Downtown Medford

Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun has issued a severe weather event declaration from Sunday, January 1 through Monday, January 2.

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 shelter is located at 332 W. 6thStreet and hours of operation will be 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. Services include food, bedding and dry storage capabilities. The shelter can accommodate 64 individuals and is low barrier, thus does not require any religious affiliation or drug testing to enter.

The shelter is staffed by volunteers coordinated by ACCESS. If you are interested in volunteering please email for more information.

The City is closely monitoring weather conditions and will provide updates to the declaration status as necessary.

Additionally, the City will postpone the removal of tents that are unlawful under the prohibited camping ordinance until the end of this severe weather event declaration. All fires remain prohibited throughout the City.

Source: City of Medford