3 Ways to Keep the Homeless Safe This Summer

As the weather turns dangerously hot, those who are living and sleeping on the streets of our nation’s capital are at increased risk of hyperthermia. Here are three ways that you can help keep our homeless neighbors safe.

1. Hyperthermia Hotline: If you see a homeless person in the District who needs help in very hot weather, please call the hyperthermia hotline at 1.800.535.7252. In a medical emergency, dial 911. Important: If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help. Please be prepared to provide the address of the emergency, your phone number and the nature of the emergency.
Learn more about how you can save a life in extreme weather >

2. Homeless Outreach Teams: The DC Department of Behavioral Health’s Homeless Outreach Teams assist homeless persons with mental health disorders, including those in crisis. They provide interventions and help individuals find appropriate shelter during extreme weather. If you know a homeless individual who may be in need of these services, please call the Homeless Outreach Teams’ offices at 202.673.9124 Monday through Friday 9:00am-9:00pm, or call the 24-hour Access Helpline at 1.888.793.4357.

3. Share Information about SOME’s Services: If you encounter someone who is not in an emergency situation, but who may be in need of SOME’s services, please share our informational cards.

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