Homeless shelters prepare for upcoming icy weather


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention has activated the Community Emergency Winter Weather Plan until the morning of Friday, February 12. The plan may be extended at that time.

Please dial 859-533-9199 if you know or see someone that appears to need emergency shelter.

The Hope Center warming shelter for men 18 years and older is open. The warming shelter will be open 24 hours once temperatures start to drop, but, with social distancing, only 60 men can stay there at a time.

Hope Center Director of Development Carrie Thayer says the staff is ready to help anyone who may need it. Street outreach teams are going out day and night informing the homeless about the icy weather to come. Staffers are offering rides back to the center.

“Inside the warming shelter, there’s basically cots spaced out,” Thayer said. “Everyone is wearing a mask and we do have a safe area for staff, so it is staffed.”

The pandemic has forced the Hope Center to get creative when it comes to creating extra space.

“We have conference rooms in the shelter,” Thayer said. “We have a basement area that used to hold the community donations but we’ve cleared that area.”

We’re told an anonymous donor has also provided two bedding trailers.

The Hope Center says to give them a call if you know someone who may need a place to stay.

The Salvation Army for Women and Women with Children is also open. All those that can go to this shelter will be required to do so. Those that are eligible for this shelter, will not be provided a motel room.

The Hope Center is also asking for donations of bottled water. The center has shut off its water fountains due to COVID-19.

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