LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Cold weather is always especially hard on the homeless, and in this case, it will be life-threatening.
David Dunigan with Lafayette Transitional Housing said frigid temperatures bring a drastic increase in clients.
“Unfortunately this is one of the few places they have to go in town that they can actually stay and warm up, get something to eat,” said Dunigan.
LTHC's Kitchen Manager, Ivan Brumbaugh said the number of people they serve increases by 40% when temperatures drop.
“I've prepared for it, I mean we cook extra food, we keep a lot of food so we never run out,” said Brumbaugh.
Brumbaugh, who was homeless himself at one point said this time of year can be brutal without a place to keep you warm.
“I know what it is to sleep out in a vehicle or sleep outside, in January and February and it's tough,” said Brumbaugh.
LTHC serves homeless clients from morning to evening, then many go to the Lafayette Urban Ministry shelter when doors open at 9:00 p.m. While temperatures are extremely low, Transitional Housing is changing will stay open until closing 8:30 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m.
“If we stay open until 8:30, they leave here and then all they gotta do is go straight from here and down to there. Hopefully, it won't be as brutal on them. It's gonna be bad but not like being out for three hours,” said Dunigan.
Many nonprofits are gearing up to provide shelter. LTHC is open during the day for meals. At night, people can go to Lafayette Urban Ministries, which has beds for individuals at 525 North 4th Street.
When those fill up, anyone still needing shelter can go to the warming station a block south located at 420 North 4th Street.