Hypothermia Prevention Program

Thermometer hanging from outside a house on a snowy winter day.

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, with a "no turn-away" policy during freezing temperatures at all emergency homeless shelters beginning on Nov. 1. 

Program Highlights

The Hypothermia Prevention Program:

  • Served 1,056 unduplicated individuals during the 2013-2014 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 

Program Partners

The program is partnership with 35 faith communities—including churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship across the county—and four nonprofit groups:

For a list of additional resources, check out the Human Services Resource Guide.

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