Kentucky Could Receive $18.5 Million For Homeless

by Gabe Bullard on May 27, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Kentucky is expected to receive nearly $19-million in federal stimulus money to help the homeless in the state.

A recent point-in-time survey found nearly six-thousand homeless persons in Kentucky, down from 81-hundred last year. But the 24-hour survey was interrupted by the January ice storm and had to be rescheduled in some parts of the state, says Richard McQuady of the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

“So, maybe it wasn’t as effective, but please understand, that’s just one day in time as far as trying to measure the number of homeless. And we do that, that’s a requirement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, in order to receive federal dollars.”

Based on last year’s count, the state is eligible for $18.5 million dollars in federal stimulus funds. The money will be used for rental assistance and other rapid re-housing programs for Kentucky’s homeless.

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David Scott May 28, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I have been homeless at several points in my life. Contrary to popular belief, most homeless did not become so out of choice and not because they are lazy, stupid, or immoral. Many homeless people are victims of abuse in the form of neglect and abandonment by their parents or other caregivers. Some of them are simply victims of life’s tragedies, such as hurricanes, fires, or other catastrophes from which they simply don’t have the resources to recover. I invite you to my blog devoted to raising awareness on homelessness: There you will find an article I wrote on homelessness and pictures I have taken of homeless people. I always give them a dollar or two for the privilege of photographing them. I am often surprised by their cheerfulness and sense of pride. Often, they will show themselves to have some kind of talent. There is a fine line between genius and insanity.

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