District of Columbia law requires that the City provide overnight shelter on cold nights to people who are homeless. Each year, the District develops a hypothermia plan to coordinate services and ensure compliance with this mandate. The plan is often incomplete or ineffective. It is especially of concern this year with reduced services and homelessness on the rise.
The Committee on Human Services for the D.C. Council is holding a hearing on the plan for the winter season that begins on November 1, 2010. The notice of the hearing is copied below. We can only hope that Council scrutiny will help the District get it right this year.
Council of the District of Columbia
Committee on Human Services
PUBLIC OVERSIGHT ROUNDTABLE
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Room 117, Washington, D.C. 2000
THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES
TOMMY WELLS, CHAIR
ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC OVERSIGHT ROUNDTABLE ON
“THE STATUS OF THE 2010-2011 WINTER PLAN”
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 -- 1:00 P.M.
THE JOHN A. WILSON BUILDING
1350 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Councilmember Tommy Wells, Chair of the Committee on Human Services, announces a Public Oversight Roundtable on the Status of the 2010-2011 Winter Plan. The roundtable will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building. The roundtable will provide the District government with the opportunity to brief the Committee on the status of their plans to develop a winter plan to protect the lives and address the needs of the homeless population during hypothermia season. The Winter Plan, also referred to as the “Hypothermia Plan”, reflects the District’s effort to coordinate service delivery among local agencies and providers who participate in providing hypothermia shelter to individuals and families who are homeless. The 2010-2011 Winter Plan is scheduled to be in place from November 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011. Hypothermia services will officially begin when the actual forecasted temperature, including the wind chill factor, is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Those who wish to testify should contact Ms. Vivian McCarter of the Committee on Human Services by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (202) 724-8191 by Monday, October 4, 2010. E-mail contacts to Ms. McCarter should include the residential ward, full name, title, and affiliation -- if applicable -- of the person(s) testifying. Witnesses should bring 15 copies of their written testimony to the roundtable. Those testifying will be allowed a maximum of three (3) minutes for oral presentation.
If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to, Secretary to the Council, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 5, Washington, D.C. 20004, no later than 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2010.