Report: Lexington’s homeless population continues to decline

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The city says more and more homeless people in Lexington are moving into shelters or transitional housing. It cites the 2015 Point-in-Time count, which is coordinated by the City’s Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention.

According to its research, 39 people in Lexington were counted as living unsheltered on January 28, 2015. The city compares the number to 91 people in 2013. It also says the unsheltered population was 116 in 2010.

In addition, the survey also shows the total number of people counted as homeless was down by almost 13 percent from last year’s count. It says the 2015 survey documented 1,267 people as homeless, which includes people living in transitional housing, emergency shelters and unsheltered on the street. The same survey in 2014 shows there were 1,453 people documented as homeless.

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“This decline and continuing progress is possible because Lexington has an incredible network of caring organizations and people who work every day to care for those who need assistance, and generous support from the city,” said Charlie Lanter, director of the Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention. “While this continues as a positive trend we will work until these numbers reach functional zero.”

The city says the annual Point-in-Time count is conducted each January and is required for communities receiving federal homeless funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to the city, volunteers visit sites where people experiencing homelessness are known to congregate, while shelters and housing programs simultaneously report their occupancy to prevent dual counting.