The Interagency Council on Homelessness Shelter Capacity Subcommittee submitted a draft of recommendations for this winter’s hypothermia season. The recommendations include the use of PEP-V beds, despite the program’s closure by Sept. 30.
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While shelters are reaching their maximum capacities following the COVID-19 pandemic and during rising summer temperatures, no additional overflow space is planned at this time.
We called all of the city’s heat emergency resources for people who need to get cool. There were less options for homeless people than advertised. Not everyone knew they were part of the plan.
The D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness met in June to create recommendations for the upcoming winter season, but will need to meet again to review data from COVID-19 relief programs that are winding down.
Vendor/Artist Jennifer McLaughlin contributes a report on a fire near the U.S. Department of Transportation that may have been caused by a cigarette butt during high winds.
Ball reveals the harsh effects weather has on his living conditions.
Food services that used to provide hot meals are finding it increasily difficult and many have stopped that service. Due to COVID-19, restroom availability is limited for homeless individuals.
Kathryn McKelvey explores the connection between climate disasters and homelessness.
Artist and vendor Colly Dennis stresses the importance of providing facilities for those living unsheltered, especially in the summer.
Artist/Vendor Ayub Abdul details homeless people’s struggle to deal with the summer heat.
Fewer people used DC’s severe weather shelters last winter than the year before, but use on average has risen over the last five years.
When Reggie Cox first learned about Charlie’s Place, a local shelter, he was in urgent need of a place to stay. Now, after volunteering at the shelter, he serves as executive director.
The summer can be an especially difficult time for homeless residents living in the District. Rising temperatures pose some unique challenges for people living without shelter. Here are some things readers can do to help relieve the heat.
Here’s some advice on how to stay warm from Street Sense vendor Marcus Green.
Andre Brinson writes about an experience with a police officer on an extremely cold night.
Alice Carter writes about the pain of the changing seasons and losing loved ones in a poem.
Artist and vendor Jacquelyn Portee discusses her methods for keeping warm while living outside during the winter.
Reginald Black writes about the struggle of being homeless during the winter in D.C.
Vendor Anthony Carney describes his daily, repetitive routine during cold weather in order to stay warm.
Andre Brinson shares his holiday gratitude and remembers a difficult Christmas Eve.