FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Housing Corporation is counting Kentucky’s homeless population.
The count started at sunrise on January 27 and will continue for 24 hours. The point-in-time count is known as the K-Count. The count is used to monitor the scope of the homeless population in Kentucky. Housing Contract Administration Managing Director Davey King says an annual count allows the agency to better serve people in Kentucky.
The director of Lexington’s Office of Homelessness says one of its challenges is getting people to open up. “We try to be subtle. We don’t go out with big, large groups of people or cameras or any of that. We try to respect their privacy and dignity because it’s their home we are going into,” says Charlie Lanter, director of the Office of Homelessness in Lexington. He also said in Lexington alone about 50 volunteers are searching for the city’s homeless.
The results of K-Count demonstrate the need for resources for housing and services for homeless people in each community and help determine how much federal funding will be awarded. It also helps assess progress in the state’s plan to end homelessness.