As temperatures in Houston plummeted this week, warming centers were a lifeline to many people in need of help.

Kiearia Jones and her family were among those people. They had moved from Tallahassee to Houston at the beginning of the new year to chase her dream.

“Houston has one of the biggest populations of social media influencers,” she said. “That’s kind of my goal — to become a big influencer.”

She and her children had been living at a motel this month.

“Three little munchkins. I love them. They’re so sweet,” she said.

But by Monday, when the temperatures plummeted, she said she ran out of money and didn’t have a place to sleep.

“It just became to be too much,” Jones said.