Photo of a Seattle homeless woman in the rain.
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Weather reports Friday morning showed that Hurricane Joaquin is no longer expected to make landfall on the East Coast, but that areas from Georgia through New England will still experience heavy rainfall and flooding. Where can people on the street go to escape the downpour?

The District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is holding twice daily briefings with the National Weather Service and local government on storm preparation, according to a October 1 press release.

District low-barrier shelters will remain open all day over the weekend to harbor displaced residents, 7 p.m. Friday October 2 through 7 a.m. Monday October 5. (List of shelters below) Additional food will be brought to these locations, and the DHS Day Center at Adam’s Place will operate on Saturday and Sunday.

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has been called on to provide additional transportation to these facilities, according to Latoya Foster, a spokeswoman for the mayor. DPR recreation centers that operate on the weekends will also shelter people as needed. The Red Cross has been contacted to prepare shelter supplies.

The forecast anticipates heavy rain in the District for most of the day Friday, moving to light but steady rain on Saturday and  tapering off on Sunday. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 8:00 a.m. Saturday.

For the most up-to-date information and immediate connection to services, call the shelter hotline: 1-800-535-7252

24-Hour Low Barrier / Emergency Shelters

Men Only Location Accessible
801 East Shelter (TRP) 801 Making Life Better Lane SE Yes
Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) 425 Second Street, NW Yes
Emery Workbed Program 1725 Lincoln Road, NE
Homeless Assistance Center at the New York Avenue Shelter 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE
La Casa Shelter (TRP) 1131 Spring Road, NW


Women Only Location Accessible
Calvary Women’s Shelter 928 5th Street, NW
Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) 425 Second Street, NW Yes
Emery Workbed Program 1725 Lincoln Road, NE
Madison-House of Ruth-Transitional 651 10th Street, NE
New Endeavors by Women 611 N Street, NW

Low-barrier shelter listings courtesy of D.C. Department of Human Services.

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