With cold temperatures in the forecast, area shelters are helping to keep people safe and warm.
The Office of Homeless Prevention & Intervention is reporting that all adult shelters were over capacity last night and they continue to make room for additional guests. Arbor Youth Services does have room for those under 18 years of age.
Several shelters are asking for donations from the community. The Salvation Army is completely out of blankets. The Community Action Council is asking for food (snacks and pre-made meals) to provide for families currently staying in hotels. Also, the Hope Center is in need of any type of men’s outerwear.
The City is requesting that citizens call the Catholic Action Center’s Compassionate Caravan at (859) 913-0038 to report homeless persons and give details of their exact location. Messages are received and followed up on, but not always returned.
The OPHI weather plan remains in effect through Dec. 14. This plan is activated anytime the temperature is expected to fall below 32 degrees so that people experiencing homelessness in Lexington have warm, secure shelter.
For more information on the city’s Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention, visit lexingtonky.gov/homelessness.
Polly Ruddick, Director
Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention