Need help? Information on warming centers, shelters, heat bill assistance

January 6, 2014 

Shelters, warming centers

As a standing policy, when temperatures are below freezing, the Hope Center at 300 West Loudon Avenue, the Salvation Army at 722 West Main Street, and Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center at 536 West Third Street are open 24 hours a day.

In addition, the Catholic Action Center, 400 East Fifth Street, will be open 24 hours through the extreme weather conditions. People seeking relief from the elements may come in at any time and are not required to leave.

Also, daytime warming centers will be open at the following spots:

■ Arbor Youth Services, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, for ages 18 to 25.

■ Dunbar Recreation Center, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 545 North Upper Street.

■ New Life Day Center, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 224 North Martin Luther King Boulevard.

■ Senior Citizens Center, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 1530 Nicholasville Road.

WKYT reported additional heat shelters were being opened in some counties including, the Montgomery County Civic Center at 108 East Locust Street, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, and in Georgetown, the Northside Christian Church is working with the The Gathering Place Mission to help those in need.

Transportation

In Lexington, Lextran will offer free bus rides for individuals going to an emergency shelter or warming center Monday and Tuesday. Citizens may call Lextran at (859) 253-4636 to get the location of the nearest bus stop. People in need of shelter or other human assistance may call 211.

Pets must be protected

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray urged citizens to bring pets inside and to shelter larger animals. Local laws require adequate shelter of animals and pets during cold weather.

Anyone putting an animal in harm's way is subject to fines of up to $500 or jail time up to 12 months.

Gray said Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control would respond to all calls involving animals. Officers may impound animals if care and treatment standards, including appropriate shelter, are not met.

Citizens may call (859) 255-9053 to report concerns about pets left outside in below-zero weather.

In the event a community emergency is declared, the agency also will care for pets of citizens who have had to leave their homes to seek shelter from the cold. If no emergency is declared, displaced citizens should take pets with them or board their animals. Gray said he and Urban County Council members had received phone calls expressing concern for pets.

Heating assistance

State's emergency heat assistance program or (800) 456-3452. People taking care of the phones will refer you to groups in your county that can help.

Kentucky Utilities heat assistance information

LG&E heat assistance information or (502) 589-1444 and 800-331-7370.

In Fayette County, residents can call four Community Action Council offices at 913 Georgetown Street, 859-244-2215; 1169 Winburn Drive, 859-294-5249; 1902 Cambridge Drive, 859-246-1192; and 522 Toner Street, 859-554-4350.

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