After a mild start, our winter weather has turned frigid, with temperatures often falling into the teens.
So imagine you are spending the night sleeping outside, behind a store on Route 1, in the woods in Burke or beside the parkway in Reston. For the homeless in our county it is a frightening and potentially life-threatening reality.
To help our vulnerable neighbors survive the winter, we provide overnight shelter with a “no turn-away” policy at all emergency homeless shelters during freezing weather. From late November through March,we also provide the Hypothermia Prevention Program, a countywide community network of overnight shelters. Through this program last winter, our nonprofit and faith-based community partners provided 1,061 men and women with a safe, warm place to sleep.
If you see someone at night who is unsheltered and you think could be at risk of hypothermia, call the county’s non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
Our community partners need your help this winter. Contact our Office to Prevent and End Homelessness and we’ll provide you with information on where the need is greatest or the nonprofit partner that is closest to where you live or work. Call 703-324-9492, TTY 711, or send an email.
Listen to Tom Barnett from the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness discuss the Hypothermia Prevention Program.