Number of homeless down from a year ago in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The number of homeless people in Lexington is down from a year ago, according to numbers released Friday by the city.

The number of people experiencing homelessness dropped by 12.5% from last year, according to the city.

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Wednesday night, 153 volunteers covered 75 areas across the county to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in the city. It’s an annual event called LexCount.

The teams found 689 people experiencing homelessness, including 603 people living in emergency shelters, 55 in transitional housing and 31 unsheltered.

The volunteers directed those who were unsheltered to emergency housing.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.