For 15 years, the Hypothermia Prevention Program has provided shelter for Fairfax County’s most vulnerable residents during the winter months. Each, year the program serves over 1,000 individuals who are experiencing homeless and are exposed to the harsh and dangerously cold winter weather in our community. This year’s Hypothermia Prevention Program will operate from December 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022.
“The Hypothermia Prevention Program provides warm shelter, food and other supportive services to connect guests to a variety of basic needs to include clothing, employment, housing and more,” said Tom Barnett, Deputy Director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development. “These services are made possible through the extraordinary assistance and contribution of local non-profits, houses of worship, and dozens of volunteers to work tirelessly to ensure that nobody should have to sleep outside during the winter.”
If you see someone who is unsheltered and you think is at risk of hypothermia, please contact Fairfax County’s non-emergency Police phone number at 703-691-2131.
What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is caused by prolonged exposure to very cold temperatures where the body begins to lose heat faster than it is produced and the regulatory system begins to fail. An individual with mild hypothermia (core temperature of 94 to 84 degrees) may be conscious, but will be lethargic, apathetic, cool, and pale. An individual with severe hypothermia (when the body’s core temperature drops below 84 degrees) will likely be unconscious with cold skin and rigid muscles.
Look for these warning signs:
Individual adults in need of immediate shelter, food, and other supportive services may contact or visit any of the following locations (note that some locations may have limited hours of operation):
Eleanor Kennedy Shelter (24/7) 9155 Richmond Highway, Fort Belvoir 703-799-0200
Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church (6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.) 8220 Russel Road, Alexandria
Embry Rucker Community Shelter (24/7) 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston 703-437-1975
North County Human Services Center (5 p.m. to 7 a.m.) 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston
Bailey’s Shelter and Supportive Housing (24/7) 5914 Seminary Road, Falls Church 703-820-7621
Rotating Faith Community Sites in Falls Church and Alexandria Call 703-820-7621
Rotating Faith Community Sites in Fairfax and Centreville Call 703-352-5090
Adults with children (ages 0-17) should contact Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880 (TTY 711), Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:40 pm for referrals to family-oriented support and services. If you need assistance after hours, please contact or visit one of the county’s family shelters:
Katherine K. Hanley 12970 Katherine Hanley Court, Fairfax, VA 22030 571-522-6800, TTY 703-988-0256
Embry Rucker Community Shelter 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190 703-437-1975, TTY 711
Patrick Henry Family Shelter 3080 Patrick Henry Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044 703-536-2155, TTY 711
For additional information, please visit the Hypothermia Prevention Program website or contact the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness at 703-324-9492, TTY 711, or by email at OPEHGeneralMail@fairfaxcounty.gov.