Hotel rooms offered for Lake Area residents during freezing temperatures

Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 12:06 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2022 at 6:46 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - As of Jan. 21, United Way says it is housing 634 people in 9 local hotels.

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

“I’ve technically been homeless since Laura, but unfortunately all of my resources have run out and it’s about to be like bad weather and we don’t have anywhere to go past tomorrow,” homeless resident Taiyonna Thompson said.

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

“People are really starting to realize oh my goodness I don’t have warm space and I have shelter,” said Laurie Martin, VP of Community Impact at United Way SWLA. “So we are trying to handle the cause are quickly as we can.”

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 upcoming freezing weather.

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

Individuals and families needing temporary accommodations for the below-freezing temperatures over the weekend can DIAL 211, which will connect them to the United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s resource line.

The tax and cost of a limited number of rooms will be covered for the Sulphur and Lake Charles area from Thursday evening until Sunday morning only.

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

To secure a room, CALL 211 and have a specialist take your personal information. A United Way of Southwest Louisiana team member will reach out for more information and give hotel registration information. The United Way stresses that the phone number you give must be accurate and answered when a team member calls for information.

Water’s Edge Homeless Outreach will provide transportation within Lake Charles and meals during the stay for individuals needing assistance, according to United Way.

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

Rooms can only be secured by using the 211 system.

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