Developing a Cold Weather Sheltering Plan for People Experiencing Homelessness Webinar

Thursday, January 12, 2012

With the arrival of the winter season, many communities are developing and activating emergency cold weather sheltering plans for people who are experiencing homelessness. This webinar, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, will provide an overview of cold weather injuries and illnesses common to people who are experiencing homelessness and explore a program model that provided 11,195 guest-nights in over 150 emergency warming centers to residents of Boulder, Colorado, in the 2010-11 winter season. A representative from HUD’s Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) will describe the Continuum of Care Network as a resource for planning. This webinar will be of interest to homeless service providers, public health and safety officials, and others attempting to establish or improve emergency cold weather sheltering in their own community.

Presenters:

  • Jim Withers, MD; Medical Director and Founder, Operation Safety Net; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Anne Doyle, MA; Chair, Boulder Outreach Homeless Overflow (BOHO); Director, Medical Respite Boulder; Boulder, Colorado
  • April Mitchell, MPA; SNAPS Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Washington, D.C.