Lexington seeks volunteers to help with homeless count

City of Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention (OHPI) is seeking volunteers to help with LexCount 2020.

LexCount 2020 will be held on the evening of Wednesday, January 29.

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LexCount is an annual, one night count of the homeless population in Lexington. The official count includes people who are temporarily residing in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs, as well those who aren’t in shelters.

The city of Lexington says the count is important because it helps gauge how effective the community’s efforts are in reducing and ending homelessness. It also gives the city an idea of how to use resources more effectively.

LexCount 2020 Volunteers will be grouped in teams and go to unsheltered and street locations to help with the count. Each volunteer is required to take a training prior to LexCount so they know the rules for the count and how to safely participate in the process. Trainings will be held the evening of the count at 8 p.m.

Last year, 787 people were counted. Of those counted, 69 were children living in emergency shelter. No children were found living unsheltered. The 2019 count was a 49-percent decrease in homelessness since this same count occurred in January 2014, the year before the OHPI was created.

For more information the Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention, visit lexingtonky.gov/ohpi. To register as a volunteer, visit http://bit.ly/LexCount2020.