LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – City officials have announced the launch of the Community Emergency Winter Weather Plan.
The Office of Homlessness Prevention and Intervention says the plan provides a coordinated response for times when extreme cold weather creates additional, immediate need for expanded capacity to assist people experiencing homelessness in Lexington.
Officials say in extreme weather, people often seek shelter even if they may not usually do so. Additionally, they say people struggling with mental illness may not seek shelter and may require intervention for their own safety.
According to officials, all shelters in the area will add capacity, welcoming all eligible people, including former residents under suspension for behavioral or programmatic reasons. Exceptions may include individuals suspended for violence and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, but officials will collaborate to ensure emergency sheltering is available for anyone in need.
The plan is effective until February 21.
LexTran says it will be offering free rides to shelters.
Officials asks if residents come across someone who says they cannot for any reason be sheltered to please call 859.893.3264. They say the city has made arrangements to cover all circumstances.
To report someone in need, call the HopeMobile at (859) 252-7881, or the Compassionate Caravan at (859) 255-0301. The public can leave messages at both numbers, however, returns calls will not be made.
Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211, or log onto http://www.uwbg211.org/ for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.