Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

703-324-9492
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 942
Fairfax, VA 22035

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

WHAT IS HYPOTHERMIA?

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 2021-22 Hypothermia Prevention Program will run from

December 1, 2021, until March 31, 2022

(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

Richmond Highway/Alexandria (South Fairfax)

  • Eleanor Kennedy Shelter
    9155 Richmond Highway, Alexandria
    Phone: 703-799-0200
    Hours: 24/7
    Operated by: New Hope Housing
    Program Contact: Jason Munoz (Jmunoz@newhopehousing.org); Steve Lonon (slonon@newhopehousing.org)
     
  • 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 (sedelkamp@yahoo.com)

To learn more about donation and volunteer needs, please contact Jan Sacharko (jsacharko@newhopehousing.org).

 

Falls Church/Annandale/Seven Corners (Central/Eastern Fairfax)

To volunteer or donate for any of the above locations, please contact Bianca Clark at bclark@newhopehousing.org.

To volunteer or donate at the Friends of Falls Church Winter Shelter, please contact Julene Jarnot at julene@fcshelter.org.

Reston/Herndon (North Fairfax)

To learn more about donation and volunteer needs, please contact Saira Sufi at saira.sufi@cornerstonesva.org

 

Fairfax/Centreville (Central/Western Fairfax)

FOR ADULTS WITH CHILDREN

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; 703-536-0736)
  • Next Steps Family Program (Various Locations Countywide; 703-360-1727)

SEE SOMEONE IN NEED?

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

703-691-2131
TTY 711

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HYPOTHERMIA SHELTERS
 

CONTACT US

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 OPEHGeneralMail@fairfaxcounty.gov

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