Joey Ellison has been staying at the Salvation Army for about a week and a half. He says he can't imagine having to stay out on the streets in these frigid temperatures.
"I see some of the other people here and I wouldn't want to sleep outside," Ellison said.
But some people have to endure the cold. That's why the Salvation Army deploys its mobile canteen every time the thermometer drops below freezing, to search for homeless people who believe they have nowhere else to go.
"Hypothermia sets in, there are a lot of people with medical problems that can't make it in. We'll bring them in and give them a nice place to stay and possibly check into the shelter to see what their next step in life is," said Dianne Taylor, the organization's social services director.
But this time, volunteers for the "Survive the Night" program will have some company.
Members from the Homeless Consortium will tag along and conduct a "Point-in-Time" count. They're trying to find out just how large Lubbock's homeless population is.
"We want to know what the need is in the community. Why do we have a homeless population here? What can we do to help prevent them being homeless?" Taylor said.
Last year, their survey showed 250 adults and 126 children were without homes.
In 2012, they counted 230 adults and 54 children.
And in 2011, they counted 267 adults and 130 children.
Joey Ellison says he's thankful for resources like the Salvation Army so he doesn't have to be out on the streets.
"A lot of people are grateful for this place…I am because they help families too, not just individuals," Ellison said.
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