D.C. Activates First Hypothermia Alert of the Season

by Tim Regan November 23, 2015 at 8:15 am 1 Comment


It’s cold out there, and although you can probably put on an extra sweater or crank up the heat, some people can’t. D.C.’s Department of Human Services activated yesterday its first hypothermia alert of the season.

See someone in need of shelter? Here’s how the city says you can help:

To request shelter transport for DC residents who are homeless and on the street now, contact the shelter hotline at [email protected], (202) 399-7093, 211, or 1-800-535-7252 (toll-free from a pay phone).

Families seeking emergency shelter should go to the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.  The shelter operates between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday (except for holidays and days on which the District government is closed).

After 3:30 pm and on weekends, during extreme temperature alerts, families should call the Shelter Hotline for transportation to the D.C. General family shelter or other available family shelter.

  • Nechama Masliansky

    For families: Virginia Williams Family Resource Center is the intake center. Although it is not a shelter, it is the place to apply for shelter and to obtain other assistance. It is open Monday through THURSDAY 8:30 am to 4 pm.


    A family in crisis must be a District of Columbia resident. The family will be screened for eligibility and receive appropriate referrals based on their needs. Only during hypothermia season (November 1 to March 31) families can call the UPO hotline at 1-800-535-7252 after 4:00pm and on weekends for eligibility and referral services.


Subscribe to our mailing list