Cooling centers now open in Multnomah County

Three cooling centers open Monday, July 1, to help seniors and people with disabilities stay safe during high heat. An additional North Portland site will open Tuesday.

Three cooling centers opened in Multnomah County on Monday, July 1, to help seniors and people with disabilities stay safe during high heat this week.  Additional North Portland site will open on Tuesday.

“Heat affects everyone, but older adults and people with disabilities are particularly at risk,’’ said Paul Iarrobino, Multnomah County’s Aging and Disability Services. “Our community has come together to help.”

Cooling Center locations and hours are:

  • Downtown Portland - Meals on Wheels People, Elm Court, 1032 SW Main, Portland OR 97205.  Open Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.  For information contact: 503-953-8204
  • Northeast Portland - Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland, OR 97212.  Open Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. with nightly movies starting at 5:30 p.m.  For information contact: 503-288-8303
  • North Portland – Pioneer United Methodist Church - sponsored by Hollywood Senior Center - 7528 N Charleston Ave, Portland, OR 97203.  Open Tuesday, July 2 from 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  For information contact: 503-288- 8303
  • East County - Meals on Wheels People, Ambleside, Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham, OR 97030.  Open Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.  For information contact: 503-953-8201

If you are a senior or person with disabilities and need additional assistance, call the Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Helpline at 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683. You can also visit the ADS website: /ads

Attention senior pet owners: Pets are not allowed at cooling centers. However, this week for the first time, the Hollywood Senior Center is piloting a program to accept a limited number of small pets.

Anyone wishing to bring their pet to the Hollywood Senior Center cooling center, must call in advance (503-288-8303). Capacity is limited and availability will be on a first-come, first -served basis. 

Rules related to pets at the Hollywood Senior Center:

• A spot must be reserved by calling in advance

• There is a weight restriction of 22 pounds

• Pets need to arrive in a carrier

• If the pet needs medications, they must accompany the pet

• Pets need some sort of identification and proof of current vaccinations

• Pets will be kept in a separate room where the owners can come and go to visit, but the pets will not be out and about with people (even in their carriers).

• All service animals are always accepted at any cooling center

Tips to stay cool:

With temperatures expected to reach into the mid 90’s this week, and the promise of more summer weather ahead, it is time to prepare yourself, your loved ones, and your friends and neighbors.  Pay attention to older adults, people with disabilities or health conditions. Check on those who are at-risk at least twice a day. Consider inviting them to join you window shopping at a local air conditioned mall, or to catch an afternoon movie, or to visit your local library (

Another method for staying cool is to slow down.  Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.  Think about hanging out in the shade and dress for the weather, wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated means drinking plenty of water.  Over 2 liters per day is the current recommendation, during hot weather, drink more water than usual will help prevent dehydration.  Symptoms of dehydration include nausea and vomiting.  Dehydration can also become life threatening.

Stay Informed

Bookmark the Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services website /ads and keep a copy of the Helpline number handy.  The Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention. Call 503-988-3646 or TTY at 711.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC has an excellent website with extreme heat information ( that is worth a visit, and local 211 posts the status and hours of operation for cooling center activation throughout the season (

Another great way to stay informed is to visit  PublicAlerts is an online connection for residents in the county to receive real-time emergency information.  This site also offers an additional needs registry.  This is a fantastic and easy way to stay informed and includes notifications regarding alerts and service disruptions involving roads and bridges, transit, public health, public safety, utilities, community services, schools and weather.


Julie Sullivan-Springhetti, 503-709-9858,