UPDATE: Lexington extends homeless response plans into next week
Overnight temperatures prompt extended response
UPDATE POSTED 11 A.M. JAN. 24, 2022
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The cold remains and as a result, Lexington’s community response plan will be in effect through and including, the morning of Monday, January 31.
All providers will be responsible for continuing their internal policies and procedures as described in the attached plan. If any additional extended emergency shelter services not included in this plan become available, a separate email notification will be sent.
UPDATE POSTED 10 A.M. JAN. 12, 2022
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s homeless advocacy services are extending warming shelters and other responses into next week as overnight temperatures are forecast to remain well below freezing.
“The LFUCG Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention has been made aware that overnight temperatures will remain under 32 degrees overnight for the next several days and possibly weeks. The community response plan activation has been extended through and including, the morning of Monday, January 17. Another extension will be evaluated at that time,” the office said in a sopcial media post.
All providers will be responsible for continuing their internal policies and procedures.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JAN. 6, 2022
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Thursday, city leaders in Lexington announced a plan of action for keeping the homeless safe, ahead of the extremely cold temperatures expected overnight and into Friday.
Lexington’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention activated its community cold weather response plan which triggers extended services to help people who need shelter. The plan will be in effect through Saturday.
The plan allows for expanded capacity at shelters in the city like The Hope Center and the Salvation Army, as well as Saint Lighthouse Ministries. Arbor Youth Services is also open to children.
The office says Lextran will provide free rides to shelters and shelter information has been provided to first responders, churches, hospital staff and others to help get people to a shelter. Lextran temporarily suspended services Thursday afternoon but resumed snow route plans at 6 p.m. You can find the latest from Lextran HERE.
“We do have individuals who will not come in and we do go and check on them, make sure they’re okay, even when it’s 15, negative 15 degrees,” said Polly Ruddick, Office of Homelessness and Prevention Director. “We do have folks that have stayed outside, so we do make sure that we have somebody that’s checking on them.”
According to Ruddick, if you see someone who may need shelter, call the Lexington police non-emergency number 859-258-3600. Call 911 only if it’s an emergency.