By Michael Slother - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – As temperatures dip below freezing, many worry about the homeless population in Lubbock. After one area program had to shut its doors for overnight stays, the Salvation Army responded by adding 35 beds to their shelter.
Salvation Army Captain Mike Morton says with the first hard freeze expected Friday night the shelter could reach capacity. Their program, Survive the Night kicked off on Friday. Morton and 3 others packed a van full of hot chili, gloves, socks, and other items to bring the homeless on the street.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 followed them on their quest. They began searching two abandoned parking garages downtown. Police told them they had seen several homeless in the garage over the week. There weren't any Friday night, but there were chairs, blankets, and belongings inside the garage.
The Salvation Army found and fed two people while we joined them. One was living under an overpass near the Marsha Sharp Freeway and Avenue Q. The man went by Steven. He told Morton he used Salvation Army's services before, but was asked to leave the shelter because he didn't adhere to the rules. Morton said the temperature was too cold and told Steven the shelter would take him in.
Steven cried as he ate his steaming chili and sipped hot chocolate. He told us he used to work as a cook and has trouble finding a job because of his appearance. Morton told Steven the Salvation Army would do everything to help.
Lubbock's City Council voted to approve a resolution for homeless advisory committee to help look for a solution to the Hub City's homeless problem. Those committee members will be named on Monday.
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