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.
The hypothermia shelters operate from November through March every year, with a "no turn-away" policy during freezing temperatures at all emergency homeless shelters.
The Hypothermia Prevention Program:
- Served 1,061 unduplicated individuals during the 2014-2015 season.
- Nonprofit providers housed 64; 386 received case management.
- Ninety-four veterans served.
413 adults of 50 years and older were served.
- Functioned using more than 2,000 volunteers.
The program partnered with 150 faith communities with 55 host sites—mainly churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship across the county—nine government agencies and four nonprofit groups that include:
- Volunteers of America Chesapeake
- 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.