The Kent Severe Weather Shelter, located at Kent Lutheran Church (336 2nd Avenue South; map below), will be activated nightly from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., opening Monday night, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.*

Due to the rise in positive COVID-19 cases, capacity is limited to 50 guests each night.


    • Shelter will open nightly at 7:00 p.m.
    • Doors will close once capacity (50 guests) is reached
    • Masks are required to be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status
    • Guests must practice social distancing and stay in their assigned locations
    • Bottled water and pre-packaged snacks will be available
    • No re-entry upon exit
    • Guests must vacate shelter by 7:00 a.m.

For more information, please email the Kent Human Services team at [email protected].

Kent Lutheran Church is located at 336 2nd Ave S.:

The Kent Commons Community Center, located at 525 4th Avenue North, has opened the Crystal Mountain Hall Room to serve as a daytime warming center from Monday, Dec. 27 – Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

    • Dates: Monday, Dec. 27 – Thursday, Dec. 30
    • Hours8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Kent Commons Community Center – Crystal Mountain Hall Room

Guests MUST provide documentation of being fully vaccinated OR provide a negative COVID-19 test result** (taken within 72 hours of entry) to enter the Kent Commons. Masks are required all times. All guests must adhere to regular building code of conduct.

Kent Commons Community Center is located at 525 4th Avenue North:

*Kent Severe Weather Shelter operation is dependent on availability of adequate staffing.
**Accepted Vaccination Documentation: CDC COVID-19 vaccine record card or photo of vaccine card, printed certificate or QR code from, or other official immunization record from within or outside the U.S.
**Accepted NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours of entry: Negative FDA-approved molecular test (PCR test), Negative FDA-approved antigen test (rapid test). Documentation must be from a testing agent such as a laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy. Self-administered home tests) will NOT be accepted.

Also offering daytime shelter is Kent HOPE (9909 Canyon Drive; map below), for women or women with children, between 8:00am-4:00pm call 206-200-8610, after hours call the King County Family Intake Line at 206-245-1026, closest bus route is the 160/168 along Canyon Rd/E Smith St.

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