LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Lafayette Transitional Housing is continuing to make strides protecting those who experience homelessness.
The organization has turned part of its focus to a specific group of people during this COVID-19 pandemic. LTHC is doing what it can for those experiencing homelessness that are older or have pre-existing medical conditions.
"We've been able to secure a local hotel and they've given us some reduced pricing,” said Executive Director for Lafayette Transitional Housing Jennifer Layton.
Medical professionals predict a rise in COVID-19 cases over the next couple of weeks. That's why workers at Lafayette Transitional Housing Center have provided their most vulnerable clients with a safe place to stay.
"Not only are they experiencing homelessness so they can't shelter in quarantine,” said Layton. “But they also have some disabling conditions so that really puts them at the top.”
James Johnson already suffers from a respiratory condition. He said having a place to stay away from others is life saving for him.
"I was really worried with it because I just got out of the hospital not too long ago with being on a respirator,” said Johnson.
Johnson was previously staying at Lafayette Transitional Housing's main facility where the center provides a roof over the heads of 60 people every night. He said if he were to contract COVID-19 with his current medical condition he wouldn't make it.
"I probably wouldn't make it,” said Johnson. “I'd probably be in pretty poor shape."
He said he’s thankful knowing there are people out there who care.
"You can't do this on your own,” said Johnson. “You got to come together as a big family."
Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is still welcoming volunteers during this time. Of course they are also still accepting donations.
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