Hope Center opens temporary warming shelter for homeless community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Hope Center has opened a temporary warming shelter through March. It will be staffed seven days a week from 6:30 p.m. through 7 a.m.

The white tent structure, located at 298 W. Loudon Avenue at the Don Ball Campus Center, can accommodate up to 50 men who are 18 years of age or older and are able to get up and down from a sleeping mat at floor level.

“There is a tremendous need to serve the community when our Emergency Shelter is at or over capacity – particularly as the temperatures get dangerously cold,” said Rufus Friday, executive director of the Hope Center. “It allows the Hope Center to maintain COVID-19 safety guidelines at our shelter while still accommodating additional people in need.”

Dinner and breakfast will be provided to anyone staying in the warming shelter, which is heated and temperature controlled. In cases of extreme weather, the shelter will remain open during the day until weather conditions improve.

In addition, potential overflow shelter will occur on trailers located next to the Emergency Shelter at 360 W. Loudon Avenue.

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