Lexington activates emergency weather plan for homeless population

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - With cold temperatures in the forecast over the next few days, the city of Lexington has activated a plan to help the homeless stay warm.

Lexington's "Emergency Weather Plan" is activated any time the temperature is expected to drop below freezing. The plan opens up more space in shelters and offers free rides for the homeless to get to shelters.

On Friday night, groups of volunteers from the Hope Center and Catholic Action Center will travel around town transporting people from the streets to shelters.

"We strongly encourage everyone to go to shelter, despite whatever reservations they might have, because ultimately it's the safest thing for them right now," said Jeff Herron of the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention. "The teams like the HopeMobile and the Compassionate Caravan, they're going to be out this evening, they'll be encouraging people to make sure they are going to shelter."

The volunteers also hand out blankets, socks, hats and gloves to help them stay safe and warm.

City leaders say on any given night more than 600 people are sleeping in local homeless shelters or out on the streets. The city's goal is to have no one left behind.

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