Help Bring the Homeless in from the Cold

The biting winter winds are a sharp reminder that it is hypothermia season in DC, and that these conditions are very dangerous for the District’s homeless population. If you happen to be out and about, and you see someone who is homeless, please take the time to ask them if they need shelter for the night. The Mayor has a hotline that you can call 24 hours a day, where you can coordinate a van to come and pick this person up and take them to a shelter: 1-800-535-7252 or call 311.

If the person is visibly intoxicated, you should call the Police’s non-emergency number: (202) 737-4404. The dispatcher will send officers or fire fighters to make sure that this person gets off the street. Homeless persons that are intoxicated are at the greatest risk for dying of hypothermia.

This is a dangerous time for folks that are living without shelter. Program those numbers into your phone, and help keep everyone safe this winter.