Hypothermia Prevention Program
The Hypothermia Prevention Program is one of the county’s most successful—and important—public-private partnerships. We rely on our nonprofit and faith-based community partners to help us carry out the life-saving mission to give our most vulnerable neighbors a safe place stay from the cold.
It is thanks to the collaborative efforts of the partnership that no unsheltered individuals died due to hypothermia this past winter.
The hypothermia shelters operate from November through March every year and the county is currently working with our partners to visit shelter sites to ensure they address fire and building codes.
Now in its seventh year, the program
- Served 1,026 individuals during the 2010-2011 season
- Offers 36 shelters across the county—35 of which are places of worship
- Functions using more than 2,300 volunteers to run the shelters
The program is partnership with 35 faith communities—including churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship across the county—and four nonprofit groups:
- Volunteers of America Chesapeake
- Reston Interfaith
- Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Program
Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter
For a list of additional resources, check out the Human Services Resource Guide.