As mentioned in communication from the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention earlier this week, we are expecting extremely cold temperatures over the holiday weekend. Temperatures are anticipated to fall below 0 Thursday overnight and to remain below freezing until early next week. The OHPI requests the assistance of providers and the community in communicating forecasted conditions to those who may be unsheltered. It is extremely important that we get all persons into shelter who are willing to accept it.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention is activating the Emergency Winter Weather Plan. The community’s Emergency Winter Weather Plan will be in effect beginning Thursday evening (December 22nd) through and including next Wednesday morning (December 28th).
The 2022-2023 Emergency Winter Weather Plan provides a coordinated response for times when extreme cold weather creates an additional, immediate need for expanded capacity to assist people experiencing homelessness in Lexington. Extreme temperatures often force persons to seek shelter who may not otherwise seek assistance.
Shelters have added capacity to accommodate those in need. Please see the attached detailed plan for specific shelter processes and availability. Lexington providers have made arrangements to welcome all eligible persons, including former residents under suspension for behavioral or programmatic reasons. Exceptions may include individuals suspended for violence and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Providers and the OHPI will collaborate to ensure the emergency shelter is available for anyone who seeks it.