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Hotel Rooms Offered to Lake Area Residents During Freezing Temperatures

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – As of January 21, United Way said it is housing 634 people at 9 local hotels.

As of January 20, United Way is no longer accepting requests for hotel rooms, as 700 people have already requested rooms.

“Technically I’ve been homeless since Laura, but unfortunately all my resources are exhausted and the weather is going to be bad soon and we have nowhere to go after tomorrow,” said homeless resident Taiyonna Thompson.

For Thompson, the situation is dire. She is homeless and a loaned space inside this FEMA trailer is the only roof over her head. However, it’s not just her who is dealing with worry and anxiety due to the impending winter storm.

“People are really starting to realize, oh my god, I don’t have a hot space and I have shelter,” said Laurie Martin, vice president of community impact at United Way SWLA. “So we are trying to deal with the cause as quickly as possible.”

A partnership between United Way of Southwest Louisiana, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the City of Lake Charles is providing a limited number of hotel rooms for the upcoming freezing weather.

“We know families are still living in homes that are in poor condition,” says Denise Durel, president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana. “There are a limited number of hotel rooms available in our area so we are working to secure them for the weekend for anyone in need.”

Individuals and families in need of temporary housing for sub-freezing temperatures over the weekend can DIAL 211which will connect them to the United Way of Southwest Louisiana resource line.

Tax and the cost of a limited number of rooms will be covered for the Sulfur and Lake Charles area Thursday evening through Sunday morning only.

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis with limited availability. Transportation and meals will not be provided with accommodation.

To secure a room, CALL 211 and ask a specialist to take your personal information. A member of the United Way of Southwest Louisiana team will contact you for more information and provide you with hotel registration information. United Way insists that the phone number you give must be correct and answered when a team member calls for information.

Water’s Edge Homeless Outreach will provide transportation in Lake Charles and meals during the stay for those in need of assistance, according to United Way.

When calling 211, you are asked to inform the specialist taking the information of the need for transportation.

Rooms can only be secured using the 211 system.

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