The Richmond Register

January 28, 2013

Community asked for assistance in homeless count

Madison County

Special to the Register

MADISON COUNTY —  Three local agencies - Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Program, Kentucky River Foothills and the New Liberty Homeless Shelter - will conduct a count of homeless individuals in Madison County on Wednesday.

The local effort is part of the 2013 K-Count coordinated by the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, and the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness, according to Jennifer Lainhart, executive director.

The K-Count is a survey of homeless persons in every county of the state, excluding Fayette and Jefferson Counties, she said. The states two largest counties conduct their own count.

During last year’s count, 89 homeless individuals were counted in Madison County.

“Unfortunately, homeless persons use a variety of public systems in inefficient and costly ways due to lack of resources. While it may not be obvious, chronic homelessness creates significant costs to local service programs,” Lainhart said.

The federal Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) defines homelessness as any person or persons who live in any of the following situations:

• Shelter, motel, vehicle or campground

• On the street

• Abandoned buildings, storage units, trailers, or other inadequate accommodations

• Doubled or tripled up with friends or relatives because they do not have the resources to afford housing.

Information gathered on Jan. 30 is important because it is a large factor in determining the amount of federal funding available for homeless program in the state and in our community, Lainhart said. Ultimately, this information allows Kentucky to assist thousands of families to find safe, decent, affordable housing, as well as other supportive services.

“If you or someone you know fits the definition of homelessness provided above,” she said, “please participate in this anonymous survey by calling Hope’s Wings at 623-4095 or Kentucky River Foothills at 624-2046.