Category Archives: Housing For Homeless

Kentucky City Helps the Homeless

Many American cities face serious issues with affordable housing, and there is a certain percentage of the population that ends up without a home. This trend has been growing steadily across the United States for more than a decade now. However, one city in the middle of Kentucky has done its best to not only correct the issue, but to turn the tide against it. Lexington, Kentucky, has brought its homelessness rate down to levels that have not been seen since 2004.

A census in January of this year showed that there were approximately 685 people within the municipal area of Lexington who did not have consistent housing. This is fewer than the number has been in more than a decade. The last time there were that few homeless people recorded in Lexington was January of 2005, when a one-night census found 882. The number grew substantially during the Great Recession and afterward, and this census represents a serious decline from its peak.

The elected officials of Lexington have been strongly committed to finding housing and other support services for the poorest residents of the city. This program, combined with others such as a widely publicized pilot program that gives indigent residents fair-paying day labor, has done much to reduce extreme need within the city. The director of the Lexington Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, Ms. Polly Ruddick, has stated that the goal of the program is to make sure that people in the city has access to “safe, decent, affordable housing.” She went on to state that the program hopes to provide this access to every single individual. Although the recent numbers are encouraging, city council candidates such as Arnold Farr have been steadfast in their desire to expand the program until there is no need for anyone in Lexington to be without a home.

Housing For Homeless In Boyle Heights

Homelessness is a major concern in Southern California. Over 2016, the amount of homeless people in Los Angeles County increased by 23%–meaning that the number jumped to about 57,794 people.

There are efforts being made to build housing for homeless people. However, in many areas there is local opposition against the development of residences for people in such situations.

There is a debate as to whether or not a homeless housing development should be built in Boyle Heights. The proposed housing complex would be built on an empty lot, on Lorena Street and 1st Street. Most of the people in the community, which is predominantly Latino, do not want the housing complex to be built in their area. A City Council committee blocked the passage of a proposal to build this housing complex.

The proposed housing complex would be named Lorena Plaza, and it would hold 49 units. Half of these units would be for mentally ill people. The building would be right next to the Metro Gold Line, as well as a Mexican American cultural institution with shops and a restaurant.

Business owners and citizens in the area oppose the development of the building complex for a variety of reasons. The local business owners claim that, safety-wise, it is not a good idea to build the housing complex. The area would not be very pedestrian friendly. Being so close to the tracks of the Metro Gold Line may pose a safety hazard. Also, there is an abandoned oil well on the lot where Lorena Plaza would be built, and local business owners claim that it might not be safe to build residences on top of such a site.

A non-profit organization called A Community of Friends has been working on pushing the proposal for Lorena Plaza, though they are having a pretty hard time.