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Homeless Shelters Prepare For Influx As Cold Weather Returns

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 17:19:03-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — With the return of cold temperatures, local homeless shelters are preparing to take in more people as the city’s emergency weather plan is in effect.

Volunteers at the Catholic Action Center spent Wednesday going through storage units full of donations to find out exactly what supplies they have so they can get them into the Compassionate Caravan and out to people on the streets.

With the milder temperatures we saw earlier this week, Catholic Action Center Director Ginny Ramsey said that many people left the shelter. But now that the frigid weather is back, she expects a lot of people will be in need of cold weather supplies to make it through the night on the streets.

The city’s emergency weather plan is in effect, so that means the shelter will allow people to stay there overnight, even if it is at full capacity.

“I know we’re going to need more food here, because when you gear up for an additional 50, 60, 80 people in your house it does change things,” said Ramsey.

Ramsey said that the big thing they’ll need in the next few days is food.

They will post on Facebook when they are in need of donations.