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2023 LexCount Volunteers

Now accepting volunteers for the 2023 LexCount!

The Lex End Homelessness Continuum of Care (CoC) seeks teams of volunteers to visit dozens of outdoor locations where persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness might be found to sleep overnight. Volunteers will conduct a count of the number of individuals and households identified to be without shelter, complete surveys with those identified, facilitate access to emergency shelter, and distribute care packages.

This year’s LexCount will take place on the evening of Wednesday, January 25th.

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Annual Homeless Assessment Report

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. 

Annual LexCount

The 2022 LexCount will take place the night of February 23rd. For more information, training videos, access to surveys, and training slides, click here.

Every year, the Continuum of Care, its partners, and the community conduct the LexCount to best monitor trends and population characteristics of those without a home in Fayette County. The count creates a collaborative, objective environment across Lexington-Fayette County that provides an informed way to target housing and supportive services.

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.

Lexington Homelessness System Performance Measures

A critical aspect of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended, is a focus on viewing the local homeless response as a coordinated system of homeless assistance options as opposed to homeless assistance programs and funding sources that operate independently in a community. To facilitate this perspective the Act now requires communities to measure their performance as a coordinated system, in addition to analyzing performance by specific projects or project types.

The Act has established a set of selection criteria for HUD to use in awarding CoC funding in section 427 that require CoCs to report to HUD their system-level performance. The intent of these selection criteria are to encourage CoCs, in coordination with ESG Program recipients and all other homeless assistance stakeholders in the community, to regularly measure their progress in meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness in their community and to report this progress to HUD.

CoCs also play an integral role in Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) jurisdictions’ planning process. They are required to provide the jurisdiction with the information necessary to complete the Con Plan(s) for homeless assistance provided to persons within the CoC’s geographic area that falls within the Con Plan jurisdiction’s geographic area, including data on performance measures. HUD will use the system-level performance information as a competitive element in its annual CoC Program Competition and to gauge the state of the homeless response system nationally.

HB 21

Lex End Homelessness Supports House Bill 21

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.

Find affordable housing

If you are looking for affordable housing or income-based housing, please see our list of landlords below. We do not keep an updated list of active vacancies, as those may change daily. However, this is a starting point for all those in our community that do not know who to call or where to turn to find a home that they can afford. If you have any other questions about navigating the housing system, please contact Community Action Council at (859) 233-4600.

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