July 1, 2013

Four cooling centers are now open to help Multnomah County seniors and people with disabilities stay safe during high heat this week. 

“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 S.W. Main, Portland.  Open Monday and Tuesday, July 1-2 (8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.) For information contact: 503-953-8204.
  • Northeast Portland – Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. Open Monday and Tuesday, July 1-2 (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. Open Tuesday, July 2 (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 N.E. 8th St., Gresham. Open Monday and Tuesday, July 1-2, (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 Aging and Disability Services website.

Attention senior pet owners: 

Pets are usually 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 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.