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Medford warming shelter extended into Wednesday

The city of Medford Tuesday declared a severe weather event for a second day, clearing the way for an emergency warming shelter on city-owned property run by a local nonprofit.

A warming shelter operated by Access will be open from 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, through 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Navigation Center, 685 Market St., in Medford. (Updated)

A shelter was initially announced for Monday due to the severe weather event.

During severe weather events, the city partners with local nonprofits and community service providers staffed and equipped to operate an emergency shelter. The Monday and Tuesday night shelter were run by Access.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating resources to help the shelter is asked to email Matt Rogers at Access at mrogers@accesshelps.org or medfordemergencyshelter@gmail.com.

The city has a text notification system so homeless people can be alerted when a severe weather shelter has opened. To be notified by text, send “MED4SHELTERS” to 888777.

For more information about becoming an approved severe weather or temporary shelter facility, call Deputy Fire Marshal Tanner Farrington at 541-774-2300.