Louisville Metro Government and partner efforts to protect unsheltered during severe weather
Louisville Metro Government, the Coalition for the Homeless and homeless service providers and outreach teams are taking numerous steps to help unsheltered people find shelter during severe weather. These include:
White Flag: The Coalition for the Homeless coordinates the Operation White Flag program to ensure that residents experiencing homelessness can find shelter during severe weather. Operation White Flag goes into effect when the temperature or the wind chill is at 35 degrees or lower and designates that all persons needing shelter can stay at the participating shelters while weather conditions persist. Participating Operation White Flag shelters include: St. Vincent de Paul (for men only at 1034 S. Jackson St.) and Wayside Christian Mission (432 E. Jefferson St.). For more information, call the Single Point of Entry at 502-637-2337.
Beds Are Available for Those Who Want Shelter: LMG has worked with community partners to ensure beds are available to those who want shelter. To reserve a bed at an emergency shelter, or to get access to services to prevent homelessness, contact the Coalition for the Homeless' Single Point of Entry office: 502-637-2337. The Single Point of Entry staff takes calls seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All after-hour shelter referral requests should be directed to the shelter providers listed below:
Wayside Christian Mission at 432 E. Jefferson St. has shelter space available and is operating 24/7. Wayside is also helping to provide transportation services for those needing to reach shelters. Call 502-996-1888.
Salvation Army at 911 S. Brook St. is operating a Healthy Day Shelter location at their campus at 911 S. Brook Street with a 400-person capacity. No reservations are required. They also are operating a Healthy Overnight Shelter with a 70-bed capacity for men and women at the Brook Street campus. Call 502-671-4904 to check bed availability.
The Healing Place (for men only) at 1020 W. Market St. has a 48-bed capacity. Call 502-585-4848 to check bed availability.
Overflow Capacity: In addition, Wayside Mission, which operates Hotel Louisville, has capacity to make overflow/shelter beds available if needed. Call 502-389-9009.
Transportation Available to Shelters: Wayside is also helping to provide transportation services for those needing to reach shelters. Call 502-996-1888.
How the Community Can Assist: Ending homelessness remains a community challenge, and we urge concerned residents to help by donating money and time, opportunities you can find at https://louhomeless.org/