As Heat Wave Continues, Local Businesses and Residents are Reminded of Resources for the Homeless

As Heat Wave Continues, Local Businesses and Residents are Reminded of Resources for the Homeless

Temperatures Predicted to be in Mid-to-Upper 90’s for Several Days,
Homeless Population Faces Increased Risk

July 16, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – With the Washington, D.C. area facing several days of extreme summer heat, Miriam’s Kitchen is asking the local community to please be alert and aware of homeless individuals who may be in need of assistance.

“Summer can be uncomfortable enough for those of us with air conditioning and shelter. But for the homeless, extreme heat is more than an inconvenience, it is a potentially serious health risk,” said Miriam’s Kitchen President and CEO, Scott Schenkelberg. “Dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion are very real dangers to the homeless, particularly the elderly and those with existing medical conditions. The entire community can play a role in keeping them safe by staying vigilant and knowing what resources are available.”

Local businesses and residents are reminded to call 911 if they see someone experiencing a heat-related emergency. The community is also encouraged to call the Hyperthermia Hotline at 1-800-535-7252 if they or someone they see requires transportation to the city’s designated cooling centers.  Cooling center locations include:

One Judiciary Square

441 4th Street, NW

The Frank D. Reeves Center lobby

2000 14th Street, NW

The King Office Building lobby

3720 Martin Luther King Ave, SE

The Virginia Williams Family Resource Center

33 N St., NE

About Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C. by creating meaningful connections with displaced individuals, connecting them with permanent housing, and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing. Miriam’s Kitchen advocates for permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution, while meeting short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to more than 5,000 homeless individuals each year.

Press Contact:
Tom Murphy

Director of Communication

Miriam’s Kitchen

(202) 452-8926 235