The hypothermia season is November 1 to March 31. Hypothermia alerts are activated when the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted temperature, including wind chill, is or will be 32° F or below; or, when the temperature is forecasted to be 40° F or below, and the forecasted chance of precipitation is fifty percent or greater. The Winter Plan provides information about services available for District residents experiencing homelessness during Hypothermia Season.
In compliance with the Homeless Services Reform Act of 2005 (HSRA), the Winter Plan was developed by the District of Columbia’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). The HSRA mandates that by September 1 of each year, a plan be in place describing how those who are homeless and cannot access other shelters will be protected from cold weather injury. The Winter Plan describes how District government agencies and providers within the Continuum of Care will coordinate to provide hypothermia shelter and other services for those who are homeless in the District of Columbia, consistent with the right of consumers to shelter in severe weather conditions.