UK Sullivan Award goes to former director of homelessness program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Charlie Lanter, who until recently served as Director of the City’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, Wednesday was named a 2017 winner of the University of Kentucky Sullivan Medallion.

The award is the highest honor UK presents to recognize humanitarian efforts.

In 2014, Mayor Jim Gray named Lanter the city’s first director of then newly created Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.

“In three short years he has made remarkable progress,” Gray said. “We still have work to do, but many of those who were homeless in 2014 now have a safe, clean affordable place to call home.”

Over the past three years, Lanter, who recently was promoted to direct the City’s Office of Grants and Special Programs, worked with a variety of Lexington agencies that serve people who are homeless, coordinating their efforts to ensure the City’s limited resources reach those most in need of assistance. The Lexington Coordinated Entry System he started assesses life, health and safety factors in prioritizing people for housing.

To address gaps in services Lanter started a family shelter, a Housing First program, a street outreach program and the Fayette County Mental Health Court.

The Sullivan Medallion recognizes those with “such characteristics of heart, mind, and conduct as evince a spirit of love for and helpfulness to other men and women.”

“Since coming to City Hall, and in his previous work at Community Action Council, Charlie has been a tireless advocate for the people in our City who most need help,” Gray said. “This award is well deserved. Congratulations, Charlie!”

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