Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

I’m a clinical social worker in the District who works with the homeless population. It’s that time of year again–hypothermia season. My suggestion is to avoid giving the homeless money, if you can, and instead give them a care package with information on where to receive services and shelter. The Shelter Hotline picks up anywhere in the District throughout days and nights when the hypothermia alert is on– the number is 1-800-535-7252. My bag has hand warmers, tissue, cough drops, lip balm, cleansing wipes, and a softer nutrition bar– we don’t know people’s dental hygiene situations, so be mindful of hard food. You can also slip in a prepaid Metro card, a thick pair of socks, gloves, scarves, foot warmers, hand lotion, etc. Anything any of us need, those on the streets need x 1,000. Let’s look out for our neighbors, DC.”


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