Higher Ground Outreach helps homeless find hotel rooms in anticipation of winter storms

GEORGETOWN, De- With inclement weather forecast, many homeless people in Delaware are facing the harsh reality of sleeping in the cold, as the low-staff code-purple shelters can only accommodate until 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Higher Ground Outreach specialist Lou Hernandez tells us that the departure of the homeless at the time would send them straight into the storm.

“A person may be woken up at 6am and told to get out of their bed and face this cold weather and snow, wondering where to go, this just doesn’t make sense to me Hernandez said, adding, “It’s a snow storm outside where are you going.”

This one I am present you go in at 21:00 and you come at 7 in the morning,” said Alfred Ceney. Ceney tells us he is one of 15 homeless people who were able to secure hotel rooms for the weekend through Higher Ground Outreach INC.

This program here intervened to make sure we didn’t go through that difficulty with the snow storm for the next 3 days, it’s hard for us to survive very hard and you never know when one might die from this cold,” said Ceney , adding “For I’m fine with it because it’s a bed and it means there’s someone who cares about us, who recognizes us.”

Hernandez has traveled to homeless tent towns, and to the shepherd’s office in georgetown, documenting identity cards for homeless people; a necessity for getting the hotel rooms. He says many people don’t know such options are available until they come to the Shepherds Office or find out about them through outreach groups like his.

But even when help is offered, many homeless people may be reluctant to take it. Hernandez tells us that camps and tents left behind are often stolen or damaged, and it can be difficult for him to convince anyone to leave them, even in freezing temperatures.

“My concern is with this storm, these dozens can collapse from the weight of the snow and then they’re here with nothing. It can be a dangerous life-threatening condition to be in a tent in this storm,” he said. Hernandez tells us he wants those who live in tent cities to know that anything that can be damaged or stolen can be replaced and that their lives are more valuable than their possessions.

“I’d rather see them alive than stay and protect a tent that can be replaced. We can make that happen and more importantly, his lives,” he said. Hernandez tells us that hotels only have a . represent temporary solution, but it’s better than leaving people out in the cold.

“At least they will survive all weekend and we will worry about Monday on Monday,” he said.

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