FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Scott Miller, Senior Director of Development
Homeless Services Center Extends Services During Heatwave
ARLINGTON, VA – JULY 26, 2016 – Arlington County and A-SPAN continue to offer extended services at the Homeless Services Center during the extreme heat to meet the needs of Arlington and our homeless neighbors. To help safeguard homeless individuals against the heat wave forecast through the week, the overflow space typically used during winter hypothermia season at the Homeless Services Center is open through Thursday, July 28th.
Arlington County and A-SPAN feel that it is important to open the space so our homeless neighbors on the street have a cool place to be and sleep during the extreme heat. Since opening during the heat wave on Saturday, the Homeless Services Center can accommodate 25 additional people each night and has averaged 15 additional individuals each evening. Daytime drop in services are available as usual with the Center experiencing a 65% increase in meal service and bottled water consumption.
“Arlington’s homeless population is struggling to stay hydrated and cool as temperatures continue soaring during the ongoing heat wave” notes A-SPAN president and CEO Kathleen Sibert. “Keeping the Center open year-round and electing to open the typically reserved winter hypothermia space to clients during this week’s heat wave has been critical in keeping individuals cool and safe” says Sibert.
The Homeless Services Center is located at 2020A 14th Street North in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington.
A-SPAN’s vision is to end homelessness in Arlington County. If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with A -SPAN, please contact Scott Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 228-7809.