A Bite Out of Homelessness

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 12/28/2013 7:26 pm

Over the past year, Lexington has placed a renewed focus on ending homelessness.  But as unemployment benefits are being cut nationwide, people who are out of jobs could be running out of luck.

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen is trying to ease what could be hard times ahead.

The truck travels throughout the country and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, homeless and disaster survivors.  It stopped in Lexington at the Catholic Action Center Friday night and the Lexington Rescue Mission on Saturday.

The truck rolls through Lexington as extended federal unemployment benefits come to an end.  The timing of the truck had nothing to do with the cuts but it is helping.

Unemployment benefits, extended during President George W. Bush as a cushion for the millions of U.S. citizens laid off in the recession who didn’t find new jobs.  Saturday’s cuts are expected to effect 1.9 million people across the country.

“I'm sure we'll feel that next week,” said Lori Clemons who works at the Lexington Rescue Mission.  “Next week with the beginning of the month, knowing some people rely on that unemployment to cover their rent and their utilities.”

The cuts mean enrolled families will lose on average $1,166 each month.

“Cutting a million more people off unemployment is going to cause homelessness for many more people,” said Michael Stoops of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, DC who was in town visiting homeless resources in Lexington.

“If unemployment benefits were there only income, they're probably going to be a lot of evictions,” said Clemons.

The Love Kitchen fed about 300 people pizza during its two-day visit in Lexington.

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