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. 

Preparing for the Winter Months Ahead: Our Emergency Winter Weather Plan
In cold weather, people experiencing unsheltered homelessness are particularly vulnerable to serious and potentially fatal illnesses and injury. As we approach these colder months, the Lexington-Fayette County Homeless Response System puts together an emergency winter weather response plan to ensure that all community members, regardless of housing, have access to shelter and the appropriate resources.
Street Outreach: A Person-Centered Approach to Ending Homelessness
At Lex End Homelessness (LEH), we believe that safe, stable, and affordable housing is the solution to ending and preventing homelessness. We follow a Housing First model, which means that we believe that people do not have to meet any stipulation or precondition to be considered “housing ready.”
 Introducing Jeff Herron
This past August, Jeff Herron joined the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s Office as the Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention (OHPI). However, this isn’t Jeff’s first time working in homelessness intervention or prevention or even with the OHPI.
Kearney Ridge Groundbreaking
This past spring, local developers broke ground on the new Kearney Ridge apartment complex, which is among some of the newest affordable housing units going up in Lexington. As we move into the fall, progress is coming along nicely, folks are already applying for housing, and units should be ready for leasing come next spring.
Messner Home Story
At the end of July, the Messner Home in Lexington suddenly closed, leaving 24 men who had been living there in need of housing. New Beginnings & New Vista were key Lex End Homelessness partners in getting 100% of the affected individuals rehoused.
Introducing Marissa Webb
Marissa Webb joined the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention (OHPI) as the Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinator in April of 2022. Since taking on this role, she’s brought her skills, experience, and passion into her work with the CoC and larger Lexington community.
What is Homelessness?
Ending homelessness begins by understanding what it is. It isn’t a disease or an affliction, it is an inability to pay rent or make the mortgage due to a lack of structural support.
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.
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.
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.
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.’”
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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.

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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