LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Emergency Weather Plan has been activated due to the forecast of extremely cold temperatures in Lexington.
The plan will remain in effect through Monday and is activated anytime the temperature is expected to be 32 degrees or below so that all individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Lexington will have access to warm, secure shelter.
Each night, Lexington has an estimated 650 people who are homeless sleeping in a local emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation. The City of Lexington in partnership with local shelters ensures that no person shall be made to sleep on the streets during extreme cold weather. Lexington expands all shelter capacity to give each individual the opportunity for warmth and services.
The plan includes expanded shelter services and free transportation to shelters. For a list of all available shelters and transportation services, as well as other resources, visit uwbg211.org.
Anyone who wishes to report someone who may need a ride to a shelter can call the HopeMobile van at (859) 252-7881. Referrals are accepted Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Residents may also call the Compassionate Caravan at (859) 913-0038 during activation periods and leave a message. (Note: Messages will not be returned to this number.) If you wish to speak with someone with the Compassionate Caravan, call (859) 255-0301.
For information on the City’s Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention, visit lexingtonky.gov/homelessness.