D.C.’s heat plan has been activated more than 20 times this year, but residents experiencing homelessness still don’t know where to go to get cool.
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The Emergency Response and Shelter Operations Committee of the Interagency Council on Homelessness revealed there had been an error in the number reported of unhoused individuals whose main cause of death was hypothermia in 2021.
Patricia Donaldson shares tips on how people can help the homeless during the winter months.
Daniel Ball woke up cold and wet on the morning of Friday Feb. 25, following a rainy night with a low of 34 degrees. D.C.’s Hypothermia Alert was activated the night before, but was deactivated by Friday afternoon. His brown puffer coat was darker near the bottom where water had seeped through.
Daniel Ball writes about how he weathers storms, and how his community supports him.
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.
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.