Forecasts are calling for potential snowfall and very cold temperatures in the greater Washington area. Here are some resources to stay safe and warm.
1. Warming Centers/Shelters
When temperatures become dangerously cold, some jurisdictions offer day and/or night warming centers or shelters.
• Washington, DC’s Warming Centers and shelters
• Montgomery County, MD’s emergency shelters
• Prince George’s County, MD’s day-time warming centers and night-time shelters
• Alexandria, VA’s emergency winter shelter
• Arlington County, VA’s emergency winter shelter
• Fairfax County, VA’s lists of local shelters
2. Federally-Funded Heating Assistance
The federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists low-income individuals and families with heating and other utility bills. Although federally funded, the program is administered by the states, each of which set their own income guidelines.
3. Local Heat/Utility Assistance
Some local governments, nonprofits, and utility companies offer short-term heating/utility bill assistance, including those listed.
DC Metro (DC, MD, & VA)
• Washington Area Fuel Fund
• Greater Washington Urban League’s PEPCO Energy Assistance program.
MD, Prince George’s County
• Mission of Love Charities
• Dominion Energy’s Energy Share Program
• Good Shepherd Housing
VA, Arlington County
• Arlington County’s Crisis/Emergency Assistance Program
Additionally, keep in mind that when temperatures drop, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to weather, including increased falls on ice and risk of hypothermia. For additional winter safety tips for older adults (including how to detect hypothermia, frost bite, and carbon monoxide poisoning), take a look at this Healthinaging.org tip sheet.