A Bite Out of Homelessness

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
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.

Share
Most Popular
KSP Makes Large Drug Bust In Laurel County
The Kentucky State Police issued arrest warrants for eighteen people for illegal drug activity.
2014 36 Blitz: Rockcastle Co. Rockets
The boys in Mount Vernon will look to replace quarterback Corey McPhetridge this season. Video Video
Deputies: Man Badly Beaten, Buried Alive In Rockcastle County
The Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office said a man brutally beat a coworker, then buried him alive.
Woman Accused Of Stealing From Elderly Couple
Tiffany Whitaker is accused of stealing close to $1,000 for a couple she was working for as a caregiver.
Police Ask For Your Help In Georgetown Gas Station Robbery
Georgetown Police said they are searching for a suspect who robbed a Shell gas station around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. Video Video
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.