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NKY shelter expands hours to serve homeless during heavy rains

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 19:27:16-04

COVINGTON, Ky. — Relentless rain during a particularly wet spring season has made things more challenging for many across the Tri-State experiencing homelessness.

"When you live outside, which a growing number of individuals in Kentucky do, this is an issue," said Kim Webb, executive director of the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky. "It's a health issue."

The emergency shelter, located in Covington, KY, provides aid year-round, but the need becomes increasingly crucial as flooding and heavy rains hit the Tri-State area.

In response to a 50% increase in need, Webb says the shelter will open two hours earlier every day this week.

"They were getting wet faster outside, so their clothes were getting dirtier faster, and so we just decided -- and we have the flexibility to do this -- we expanded our shower and laundry time, and expanded what we were willing to launder," said Webb.

In addition to a warm shower and clean clothes, guests can pick up rain gear, personal items and snacks.