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 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.

The hypothermia shelters operate from November through March, with a "no turn-away" policy during freezing temperatures at all emergency homeless shelters


Program Highlights

The Hypothermia Prevention Program 2014-2015:

  • 1,061 men and women were provided a safe, warm place to sleep during the 2014-2015 winter season, including:
    • 94 veterans
    • 413 adults ages 50+
  • More than 2,000 volunteers served at faith sites, including churches, synagogues and mosques.
  • 386 men and women who were served at a hypothermia shelter agreed to engage in county and community partner services to help them move to self sufficiency. Of these, 64 were able to transition to housing. 

 Program Partners

The program partnered with more than 200 faith communities with 55 host sites, mainly churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship across the county, as well as nine government agencies and four nonprofit groups that include:

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

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