LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Tuesday, Mayor Linda Gorton announced Lexington will receive a $1.8 million federal grant designed to help community organizations reduce and end homelessness.
Mayor Gorton says the funding is critical to many permanent housing projects, “This is the highest level of funding we have ever received from this grant, and a 21 % increase over the previous year.”
Polly Ruddick, Director of the City’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, applied for the grant on behalf of community providers.
“Recent bitterly cold weather reminds us how important it is for everyone to have a roof over their head,” said Ruddick.
Councilmembers Angela Evans and Kathy Plomin are members of the Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Board.
The funding is a Continuum of Care Competition Program award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It will provide an additional 22 permanent housing vouchers for individuals or families fleeing domestic violence. In addition, there are 35 new permanent housing vouchers for individuals or families.
Other awarded funding will maintain the current 174 permanent housing vouchers for individuals or families. The grant will also allow Lexington-Fayette County to comply with federal regulations such as Continuum of Care Planning and Coordinated Entry.
For more information about the Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention, click HERE.