Steve Polston says he's been raising money for the homeless since 2008.
"Right now downtown at least there's not money options for homeless to get off the street in the daytime," said Polston.
Now anyone looking for a warm place to stay from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon, Monday through Friday, is welcome at the New Life Day Center along Martin Luther King Blvd in downtown Lexington. Here people sign in at the front desk, can put their belongings in a locker and have access to lots of different services.
However it was only this past weekend, a few days before the center opened that a public meeting was held.
"Our problem with it was lack of communication we were not informed in advance that anything was going to happen," said Paul Purcell, owner of Paul's Foreign Auto Works.
Local business owners like Purcell say they're worried about homeless people hanging out near their stores and are concerned about the number of schools in the neighborhood.
"Our main concern is there are over 1,500 school children within a two block area of this particular location they walk to school they walk to sporting events and different things," said Purcell.
Polston says the center has hired a security officer to help with moving the homeless out of the area after closing time, but people like Purcell say they are concerned how effective this will be.
"I understand their doubt about this they don't know how it'll be operated they don't know for sure that we'll perform," said Polston.