Salvation Army sees more evicted families but remains at 75% capacity COVID restrictions

Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 7:02 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Salvation Army is turning away more single adults as it continues under COVID-19 restrictions.

Under Salvation Army national guidelines, it has a capacity of 75%, and social distancing is enforced.

When space is not available, the shelter refers single adults to the Red Cross or Grace campus. The Red Cross helps people through disasters like home fires or tornadoes if their homes are lost during the disaster.

However, the Salvation Army does not turn away families with children, and Erica Hitt, head of our local shelter, says, as evictions are on the rise, so are the families at the shelter.

“When the courts lifted the evictions, and, you know, it’s hard for these families to get back to normal, you know, they’re all struggling. So that’s when we started seeing the increase in those numbers,” Hitt said.

Hitt said the clinic has the capacity for about 110 but is hovering between 70 and 85 people. She said it fluctuates because of the children.

If you would like to donate hygiene products like soap, hair wash, and toothbrushes, you can drop them off at the Salvation Army on 16th street.

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