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DC: Muriel Bowser asks to help homeless neighbors during hypothermia season El Tiempo Latino

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WINTER. Bowser urged neighbors to work together as the temperature drops in the capital. | File photo.

As the District of Columbia continues its hypothermic season, Mayor Muriel Bowser is encouraging residents, organizations and businesses to support and protect their neighbors who are homeless this winter.

During the hypothermic season, which runs from November 1 to March 31, the District implements its Winter Plan to improve outreach, expand shelter capacity, and offer other critical supports to ensure homeless people have a safe place to stay during extremely cold temperatures.

All seasonal and year-round free-entry shelters are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with reduced capacity to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

In a press release released on Friday, November 20, the Mayor’s Office encouraged the residents of the District to save the phone number of the shelter hotline (202-399-7093) on their mobile devices and to call that number or 311 to request assistance or transportation for people in DC who are homeless and in need of shelter.

“As temperatures drop, we must all work together to keep our community safe and healthy,” said Mayor Bowser.

“I am grateful for our human services teams, our community partners who do outreach, and for all the men and women who keep our transportation to shelters running and our shelters staffed. Especially during an already challenging year, let’s make sure that we are all doing our part to take care of each other and especially our most vulnerable neighbors, ”he added.

The DC Department of Human Services (DHS), in partnership with the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, distributed personal care kits to residents using the Downtown Day Service Center on Friday and shared information about the shelter and services available during hypothermia season.

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In addition to highlighting the supports provided by the District, DHS emphasized how the community can help vulnerable neighbors and ensure they are protected from injury and death from cold weather.

“District residents and community partners play an important role in keeping our unprotected residents safe during the winter months. If you see someone outside who needs shelter or assistance, call the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311; If there appears to be an imminent risk to someone’s safety, call 911, ”said DHS Director Laura Zeilinger.

“To further protect the homeless, the District has implemented security measures to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Some examples include: daily health screenings, decreased density to allow for social distancing, 24-hour operations, take-out meals, and improved cleaning protocols based on sanitation guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) “.

With information from a press release.

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