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

  • Nearly a 1,000 men and women are provided a safe, warm place to sleep during the winter season.
  • More than 2,000 volunteers serve at dozens of houses of worship, including churches, synagogues and mosques.

 Program Partners

The program is operated by four nonprofit organizations under contract with Fairfax County.

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

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