The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Weather Plan has been activated due to the forecast of extreme cold temperatures in Lexington. This plan will remain in effect through the morning of Monday, Nov. 4. The plan is activated anytime the temperature is expected to fall below 32 degrees so that people experiencing homelessness in Lexington have warm, secure shelter.
This Emergency Winter Weather 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. Extreme temperatures often force people to seek shelter who may not otherwise seek assistance. In some cases, people struggling with mental illness may not seek shelter and require additional intervention for their own safety. This plan ensures Lexington is prepared for these situations.
The plan includes expanded shelter services and free transportation to shelters. Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211 or visit uwbg211.org for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and the surrounding counties.
Anyone wishing to report someone who may need a ride to shelter can call or text the Catholic Action Center’s Compassionate Caravan at (859) 255-0301. You may also contact the HopeMobile for referrals at (859) 252-7881. Messages are received and followed up on, but not always returned.