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Information About Cold Emergency Alerts

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Cold Emergency Alerts occur when the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts weather that presents a danger to residents, especially those who are outdoors and experiencing homelessness. Alerts are triggered by either a combination of temperature and wind chill below 15° F, or a combination of temperature and wind chill below 20° F along with an accompanying weather event such as snow.

Under a Cold Emergency Alert, the District provides additional services and supports to protect residents from life-threatening illness and injuries associated with severe cold weather.

Shelter Hotline

Transportation to shelter is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you see someone outside in need of shelter or a welfare check, call the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or dial 311. If there is an immediate risk to safety call 911. When calling, please include the time, the address or location of the sighting, and a description of the person’s appearance.

The following shelter locations are open during a Cold Emergency Alert and remain open through the duration of the alert:

Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters for Women

  • New Covenant Baptist Church at 1301 W Street, SE
  • Community of Christ Church at 3526 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
  • Sherwood Recreation Center at 640 10th Street, NE
  • King Greenleaf Recreation Center at 201 N Street, SW
  • Harriet Tubman Shelter at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE
  • Nativity Shelter at 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW
  • Patricia Handy Place for Women at 810 5 Street, NW

Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters for Men

  • Banneker Recreation Center at 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW
  • Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th Street, NW
  • Community for Creative Non-Violence at 425 2nd Street, NW
  • 801 East Shelter at 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
  • Adams Place Shelter at 2210 Adams Place, NE
  • New York Avenue Shelter at 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE

Co-Ed Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters

  • Salvation Army at 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW

Families seeking emergency shelter can call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night. Families may also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Center is closed on Federal holidays.


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