Hypothermia Watch/ Help the Homeless

Hypothermia Watch Program

In September the Mayor announced the District’s Hypothermia Plan for

2004-2005. Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition that could afflict

homeless people living on the streets when the temperature falls below 32

degrees Fahrenheit, or the wind chill factor creates the same effect. The

plan calls for every government agency, every community and all our citizens

to get involved and protect those at risk. The hypothermia season lasts from

November 1 to March 31. Please call (800) 535-7252 if you see someone on the

streets when the temperature is below 32 degrees. The links below provide

information about the Hypothermia Watch Program and other programs that help

the homeless.

Hypothermia Shelters

Men Address

Housing Assistance Center 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE

Franklin School 13th and K Streets, NW

Emery Shelter 1725 Lincoln Road, NE

LaCasa Shelter 1436 Irving Street, NW

Federal City Shelter (CCNV) 425 Second Street, NW

801 East Building 801 Making Life Better Lane SE

Women Only Address

John Young Center 115 D Street, NW

DC General Hospital-Cafeteria 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE

Hypothermia Fact Sheet

* The hypothermia season begins November 1 and ends March 31.

* The Emergency Management Agency issues Hypothermia Alerts when the

temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below, or when the wind chill factor

creates the same effect. The hours of operation for the hypothermia alert

are 7pm to 7am, but will be extended until the temperature or wind chill

factor rises above 32 degrees.

* Those who do not come in from the cold when hypothermia alerts are

issued put themselves in life-threatening positions. The body enters into a

hypothermia state when its temperature is below 95 degrees.

* DHS has established partnerships with business and community

organizations to prevent hypothermia deaths. Participants wear “I’m a

Hypothermia Watch Partner” buttons, post flyers and encourage others to be

alert for those in need of assistance.

* The District of Columbia government has provided intensive outreach

and shelter services to the homeless since 1986. DC Law 7-24, the Frigid

Temperature Protection Amendment Act of 1988, was passed to assure that the

homeless are sheltered when the temperature falls below 32 degrees


* Shelter services are provided to approximately 13,480 men, women,

and families throughout the year. The current shelter system provides more

than 1,970 beds for single adults and families with children. Approximately

600 people who are at risk choose not to enter shelters.

* During the winter of 2001, the United Planning Organization (UPO)

Shelter Hotline recorded a total of 15,211 calls and provided 6,113 one-way

trips to shelters. UPO also distributed 11,226 blankets; 82 sleeping bags;

25 pairs of shoes and boots; and 1,533 hats, scarves, and gloves to the


* Twelve agencies provide the homeless who remain on the streets with

food, beverages, blankets, gloves, jackets, boots, hats, sleeping bags,

medical services, case management, and counseling.

Links to Organizations That Help the Homeless Located at

* The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness

* So Others Might Eat

* Gospel Rescue Ministries

* National Alliance to End Homelessness

* National Coalition for the Homeless

* Answers, Please!

* US Department of Housing and Urban Development

* Home Base – A Public Policy Law Firm of Homelessness

* Help the Homeless

* Hypothermia Prevention, Recognition and Treatment

* Fannie Mae Foundation

* Community for Creative Non Violence

Desi Deschaine

Community Affairs Coordinator

Executive Office of the Mayor

1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Suite 211

Washington, DC 20004

The mummy visits DC

I’m so excited mummy is going to be visiting me for a few days. She’s never been to my house. The last time she was up in DC I was graduating, pre-house, pre-Shaw. If mummy has ever been in Shaw it was to get dragged to Shiloh Baptist Church on 9th Street. Pre-gentrification 80s if that. Visiting family in DC we rarely encountered the neighborhoods, they were just driven through, not experienced.

I hope to give mummy a different experience, I will not keep her in the house, as many a DC relative has done to me and my cousins. No, provided it is not too cold, we will walk around the hood. If it is too cold then, well something inside, and no not the Smithsonian. I figure we may visit the great Shaw sights of the Ghetto Giant, the Shaw/Howard University metro, and possibly Shiloh Baptist. She probably will have little interest in the art houses and I’m thinking the restaurants over in Logan and U Street may be too far out for her. Mummy is from the land where Red Lobster and Olive Garden are considered nice. We could wander over to the bullet-proof KFC on North Cap for dinner, but let me think of something else.

So, the In Shaw blog will go dark this weekend as I entertain the great and all powerful mummy.