Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
703-246-5000 TTY 711
3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Thomas Barnett
Deputy Director

Hypothermia Prevention Program

Since 2005, the Hypothermia Prevention Program has prevented death and serious injuries among Fairfax County most vulnerable residents by ensuring that no one must sleep outside during the winter months. The program is available to any adult in need of immediate shelter.

Accommodations are provided within existing shelters that serve single adults as well as in auxiliary programs that are administered in partnership with various faith communities throughout the county. The program provides warm shelter, food, and other supportive services to connect guests to a variety of basic needs to include clothing, employment, housing and more.

Hypothermia Warning Signs


While many individuals who are experiencing homelessness may have access to warm, safe accommodations through friends, family and other programs and services, the Hypothermia Prevention Program still typically serves over 1,000 people over the course of each season. Last year, the Hypothermia Prevention Program served an average of 215 guests per night.

The 2023-24 Hypothermia Prevention Program will run from

December 1, 2023, until March 31, 2024

(Check location information below as the times of participating sites may vary)

All locations will be operated in consultation with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure appropriate precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Hypothermia Site

Shelter Locations & Access

  • Eleanor Kennedy Shelter
    9155 Richmond Highway, Alexandria
    Phone: 703-799-0200
    Hours: 24/7
    Operated by: New Hope Housing
    Program Contact: Paul Kola (
  • Rising Hope United Methodist Church
    8220 Russell Road, Alexandria
    Hours: 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    Operated by: Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Program
    Program Contact: Sherry Edelkamp (

To learn more about donation and volunteer needs, please contact Michelle Hook (


  • Bailey’s Shelter and Supportive Housing
    5914 Seminary Road, Falls Church
    Phone: 703-820-7621
    Hours: 24/7
    Operated by: New Hope Housing
    Program Contact: Clayton Waite ( or Lakia Hyman (
  • Rotating Faith Community Sites
    For locations, please contact the Bailey’s Shelter at 703-820-7621. Transportation options are available.
    Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.
    Program Contact: Clayton Waite ( or Lakia Hyman (

To volunteer or donate for any of the above locations, please contact Michelle Hook (

To volunteer or donate at the Friends of Falls Church Winter Shelter, please contact Julene Jarnot (

To learn more about donation and volunteer needs, please contact Saira Sufi at


Adults with children should contact Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880 (TTY 711), Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A Human Services Specialist will work with you to identify your family’s needs and to determine eligibility for shelter or other emergency services and make the necessary referrals.

If you need assistance after normal business hours, please go directly to or contact one of the following locations:

  • Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter (12970 Katherine Hanley Court, Fairfax; 571-522-6800)
  • Embry Rucker Community Shelter (11975 Bowman Town Drive, Reston; 703-437-1975)
  • Patrick Henry Family Shelter (3080 Patrick Henry Drive, Falls Church; 703-536-2155)
  • Next Steps Family Program (Various Locations Countywide; 703-360-1727)


If you see someone who is unsheltered ad you think they are at risk of hypothermia, 
call the County’s non-emergency Police phone number

TTY 711

A police officer will respond and conduct a wellness check. 
If you see an individual in distress, please call 9-1-1.



Questions or concerns related to the Hypothermia Prevention Program can be directed to the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness at 703-324-9492, TTY 711, or by email at

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