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Since Lex End Homelessness launched in July 2021, our community has made strides in our efforts to end and prevent homelessness for all. As we reflect on one year of Lex End Homelessness, we want to share the progress we have made and our goals for the future.

The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is a HUD report to the U.S. Congress that provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period. 

Results of the LexCount demonstrate the need for resources for housing and supportive services for those experiencing homelessness. The LexCount also helps determine how much funding is needed to continue impacting efforts to reduce and end homelessness.


The Basics of LexCount

LexCount is Lexington’s annual point-in-time (PIT) count of all people experiencing homelessness (including emergency shelter, transitional housing, or unsheltered homelessness) in Lexington on a single night in January. Conducting the LexCount ensures that we remain eligible for federal funding, helps us assess local needs, and provides critical insights into our progress towards ending and preventing homelessness year by year.

HB Lex End Homelessness Supports House Bill 2121

House Bill (HB) 21 is a proposal that seeks to streamline the process for individuals experiencing homelessness to obtain state identification. Read our article to learn more about HB21 and use our social media toolkit to show your support.
housing first approach to homelessness

Housing First: the Right Approach to Ending Homelessness

Homelessness is first and foremost a housing problem.  LexEnd Homelessness believes that housing is the solution to ending and preventing homelessness. To achieve this, LEH and its Continuum of Care providers take a “Housing First” approach–which is proven to be effective, comprehensive and sustainable. 

The Economics of Homelessness

While homelessness can be viewed as a social issue, there are also clear economic factors that contribute to the problem. As an economic problem, it demands an economic solution. Read the “The Economics of Homelessness” thought piece to learn more about the way economics contributes to people being unhoused and why ending homelessness is an economic benefit to the community. This article introduces Lex End Homelessness (LEH)’s donation campaign to raise funds to end homelessness.

Exploring our Housing Crisis Response System

Lex End Homelessness’ comprehensive crisis response system means that partners are working together to effectively and efficiently ensure safe, stable, and affordable housing for all. Read the “Exploring our Housing Crisis Response System” thought piece to learn more about how this process works, who is involved, and what positive outcomes this system has on homelessness in our community.
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Understanding Barriers to Ending Homelessness

Ending homelessness begins by confronting structural barriers, such as confusing and fragmented systems, a lack of resources, and taking a “one size fits all” approach. Read the “Understanding Barriers to Ending Homelessness” thought piece to learn more about these challenges and to learn how Lex End Homelessness (LEH) is using a data-driven approach to ending and preventing homelessness for all.

About us: Lex End Homelessness (LEH)

Homelessness is caused when a person lacks access to a support system to remain housed during times of crisis–the types of crises that can affect anyone.