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Hypothermia and Hyperthermia Watches

The District of Columbia is committed to protecting the homeless from extreme weather injury by meeting the demand for shelter during hypothermia (not enough heat)  and hyperthermia (too much heat) seasons.

November is the month when the District's Winter Plan for homeless services goes into effect. From November 1 to the end of March 31, the hypothermia season, all homeless people must be housed when the temperature falls below 32 degrees, freezing.

You can help.  Call the hotline when you see a homeless person who may be impacted by extreme temperatures.


The Hypothermia/Hyperthermia Hotline, 1 (800) 535-7252, is operated by the United Planning Organization (UPO).


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 extrene temperature alerts, families should call the Shelter Hotline for transportation to the DC General family shelter or other available family shelter. 

Some of the severe weather shelters operate from 7 pm to 7 am during extrene temperature alerts only.

Seasonal Shelters

Other single adult hypothermia and hyperthermia beds will also be available 7 pm to 7 am.  These shelters open at the time of the first alert of the season and remain open every day of the extreme temperature season. These are seasonal shelters.

Overflow single adult shelters operate only when all other shelters are near capacity.

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