Lexington combines homeless facilities

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s homeless population will soon be getting a new facility.

The Catholic Action Center, the Community Inn and God’s Net will all be together under one roof.

Divine Providence Inc., a non-profit, bought a city-owned building at 1055 Industry Road.

The city sold the building for $550,000 and, as part of the sale, also received title to the property on East Fifth Street presently housing the Catholic Action Center. Currently, the Catholic Action Center provides daytime services to individuals who are homeless; the Community Inn houses people who are homeless at night; God’s Net is a store.

The services at the Community Inn, Catholic Action Center and God’s Net will be consolidated into a 24-hour shelter operating at Industry Road.

Ginny Ramsey, co-director of the Inn and Center hopes renovations to the building will be done by February. She says the new facility allows an increase in on-site services, more opportunities for our community to connect and build relationships with our citizens on the street, and a path from the street to a home.

“One location affords our guests more dignity, opportunity and safety.”

Upon completion, the Community Inn, located at 824 Winchester Road, will no longer be used as a shelter. The future of the building that currently houses the Catholic Action Center on East Fifth Street is uncertain.

Ramsey says combining the three services into one location will save thousands of dollars each month in rent and bills.

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