SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Shreveport agency that places homeless individuals in shelters is currently shutdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
HOPE Connections says it will be closed until Monday, Dec. 28.
Pastor Larry Otwell is the executive director of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission. He says he has seen an increase in those seeking shelter, due to the pandemic.
“A few people have been evicted, but a lot of people are calling about whether the mission is a safe place for their family,” Pastor Otwell says. “If you have a wife plus two or three kids, it can be hard for you to take care of your extended family.”
Right now the mission is following all Caddo Parish Department of Health COVID-19 safety measures. Still, Pastor Otwell thinks people that are homeless may be reluctant to come to a communal setting.
He encourages those seeking shelter to come and get help.