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On the coldest day of this year’s winter, with wind chills ranging from -5 to -15 degrees, the District is seeing a significant spike in demand for its homeless services.

A spokesperson for the Department of Human Services reports that D.C.’s shelter hotline received more than 520 calls and transported 342 people to their closest available shelter since 12:00 a.m. Monday morning. In comparison, between midnight and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, the shelter hotline received 110 calls and made 79 transports. 

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There are currently about 1,700 people in shelter, the DHS spokesperson says, with 447 people in the city’s hypothermia shelters. There were no individuals in the hypothermia shelters at 4 p.m. yesterday.

Temperatures will continue to stay dangerously low today, dipping into the teens later tonight. The windchill will drop the feels-like temp close to 0.

“[We] stress that people who choose to remain unsheltered—that you say ‘Hi, is there anything I can do to help you?’ If someone says they need a warm drink or a warm meal—let people know they’re seen and that the community cares,” the DHS spokesperson says.

D.C.’s shelter hotline is (202) 399-7093, and the agency suggests calling the line if you see someone who looks in need of a wellness check.