Homelessness can happen to anyone

Homelessness isn’t a disease or an affliction. It’s an inability to pay rent or make the mortgage. There are many, uncontrollable reasons why that happens.

Real Life Stories & Articles About Homelessness

At Lex End Homelessness (LEH), we believe that ending homelessness begins with listening and should be data driven. To help increase understanding of homelessness, we’re writing evidence-based articles and collaborating with partners and community members to collect “Lived Experience” stories.

The LEH “Lived Experience” stories project is an opportunity to share personal accounts of what it is like to experience homelessness in our community. The hope is that these interview-style stories will empower and inspire all of us in the Lexington community to learn more and join the Lex End Homelessness movement. 

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.
Bernard’s Story: Waking Up is a Blessing
Bernard Johnson, a forty-six year old native Lexingtonian, first experienced homelessness as a young child. After struggling with undiagnosed mental illness, Bernard was eventually able to receive comprehensive support from New Beginnings to secure housing and counseling. Read Bernard’s story to learn how critical local support is from our Continuum of Care partners in helping him to thrive.
CoC Impacts
The LEH Continuum of Care is a community-wide initiative to offer a wide range of services to folks in need of stable housing and attention.
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Dena’s Story: A Survivor’s Search for Security
Dena Vincent is a forty-seven year old single mother, a survivor of domestic abuse, an addict in recovery, and as of April 2021, experiencing homelessness. Dena was born in Lexington but grew up in Nicholasville, Kentucky. She moved back to Lexington as an adult, but an abusive relationship catalyzed her addiction to drugs and alcohol.… Continue reading Stories
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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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. 
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James’ Story: Thriving Thanks to the Community
James is a twenty-three year old student at Bluegrass Community & Technical School (BCTC). He’s also employed part-time at Star Manufacturing Inc. here in Lexington. At a first look, James’ promising future and even head on his shoulders would give you no clue to the hardships of his youth.
Lakelli’s Story: Coming Back Stronger than Before
When Lakelli got the call that she was accepted into the homeownership program, she said she cried and cried, “My kid asked me ‘Are you alright?’ and I told him ‘We’re going to be just fine.’”
Patty’s Story: I Know What It’s Like To Be Hungry and Cold
Patty’s story is one of triumph, and Lex End Homelessness is committed to supporting clients and partners in our mission to end homelessness in Lexington.
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Paul’s Story: I Don’t Want to Have to Start Over Again
Paul McIntosh is about to be evicted from his apartment, even though he has never been late on rent. This is utterly devastating news for Paul because he’s experienced homelessness in the past. He’s unsure how he’ll manage his eviction given his mental and physical health conditions, yet he’s sure that with his faith and… Continue reading Stories
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Scott’s Story: Kindness is Free
His first period of homelessness wasn’t so bad, but this one is worse. “Every time you lie down, someone, or the cops, show up and tell you, ‘You can’t sleep here, you have to go somewhere else.’ But at eleven o’clock at night, it’s hard to find somewhere to sleep.”
Shawntay and Unique’s Story: “We’ve Been Looking for Y’all”
Homelessness is a traumatic experience. Shawntay is a man of few words, but this quality gives his stories conviction. “Experiencing homelessness was terrible. It was a nightmare, and I hate to have to see anyone else go through what I did,” he said.
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Life is full of unknowns, and many of those experiencing homelessness are there because of an unexpected life event. There are many, uncontrollable reasons why that happens. Watch to learn more.

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