From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh
This year’s attempt to count the homeless in Kentucky was interrupted by the ice storm, but volunteers still found nearly 6,000 homeless persons.
Another 6,800 individuals are precariously housed – facing eviction, living in substandard housing or staying with family and friends. First Lady Jane Beshear says the current economy makes it even more important for those who have, to donate to those who don’t.
“Everyone of us can help. I’m a great believer that everybody has an individual responsibility to make a difference – that everybody has to be a part of a change. And any small thing that you do can make a difference,” Beshear said Monday.
After speaking to homeless advocates, Mrs. Beshear volunteered at a Frankfort homeless shelter, where she helped prepare and serve lunch. Gov. Steve Beshear is declaring November 15-21 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Kentucky.