Where are the hypothermia shelters and how do you access them?
If you see an unsheltered person at night, and you think they could be at risk of hypothermia, call the county’s non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711. County emergency personnel will determine which shelter option is best in the situation.
In addition to the winter capacity available at the county’s year-round homeless shelters, the following volunteer-supported hypothermia prevention efforts are underway throughout the winter in Fairfax County:
North County - Reston / Herndon area (Dec. 1, 2010-March 31, 2011): Reston Interfaith is operating a hypothermia prevention shelter site using office space owned by the county government and coordinates volunteers from faith communities and businesses who provide dinner and breakfast.
Central County (Nov. 21, 2010-March 31, 2011): Each week two faith communities or one large one, offer their facilities as a host shelter site and provide meals, often assisted by other area faith communities. FACETS, a local nonprofit organization, coordinates this effort.
East County (Dec. 1, 2010-March 31, 2011): Volunteers of America, a nonprofit organization that operates Fairfax County’s Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, is overseeing the hypothermia prevention effort in the eastern part of Fairfax County and is coordinating the support from nearby faith communities who offer overnight shelter. Shelter guests eat dinner at the Bailey’s shelter that is prepared, delivered and served by area faith communities. Then VOA transports men to a sheltering site at a nearby faith community, and the women to another.
South County (Dec. 1, 2010-March 31, 2011): Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church provides the sheltering site all winter, as it has done for several years. Ventures in Community, a consortium of faith communities in the South County area, provides meals and overnight volunteers, supported by New Hope Housing, the nonprofit organization that operates two county homeless shelters nearby.