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Grants Pass will open a warming shelter at the GPHS Commons

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Grants Pass will open a warming shelter at the GPHS Commons

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Amid frigid overnight temperatures and the potential for another round of winter storms next week, the City of Grants Pass announced that it will at last open a warming shelter for those without other alternatives to escape the cold.

Grants Pass City Council narrowly approved the warming shelter proposal on Monday, but the logistics at that time were far from sorted out.

According to City officials, the warming shelter will be held at the Grants Pass High School Commons located at 830 NE 9th Street on Friday and Saturday. The doors will be open from 6 to 9 p.m., with the shelter closing at 7 a.m. each day.

"The Center is open to the general public and has a 30-bed capacity," the City said.

GPHS complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is a non-smoking facility, officials continued. Service and emotional support animals may be permitted if capacity allows, but pet owners should expect to toilet and feed their animals.

The warming shelter in Medford, which has been open regularly since freezing temperatures first hit in early December, has neared or met its current 50-person capacity several times within the past week.

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