Participants tour non-profit organizations, discuss homelessness prevention
Contact: Woody Maglinger
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2018) – Governor Matt Bevin today joined Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, along with U.S. Representative Andy Barr and non-profit organization leaders, for a roundtable discussion on transitional housing and homelessness prevention.
“We have made great progress towards ending homelessness in Lexington and across Kentucky,” said Sec. Carson. “To end homelessness, we must continue to work together. Since 2010, there has been a 14 percent reduction in homelessness nationwide. We have cut veteran homelessness nearly in half. This progress is due to the coordinated efforts at all levels of government, due in large part to the Federal Strategic Plan. In addition, we have had great support from our non-governmental partners from the private sector, non-profits, churches, and community organizations. We must continue to monitor which methods work best and invest in those and the partnerships that have been successful.”
“Housing is a critical component of any successful re-entry process, especially for those exiting the criminal justice system and those fighting to break free from addiction,” said Gov. Bevin. “We are thankful for Sec. Carson’s leadership and his willingness to utilize HUD resources, coming alongside Kentucky to help find collaborative solutions on this important issue. When given an opportunity, individuals have the ability to transform their lives. It is exciting to see programs such as these providing vital support and empowerment.”
Following the roundtable, Sec. Carson joined Gov. Bevin and Rep. Barr in Lexington to tour St. James Place Nonprofit Housing and the Hope Center's George Privett Recovery Program for Men.
"It was an honor to welcome Sec. Carson to Lexington along with Gov. Bevin,” said Rep. Barr. “We showed Sec. Carson not only the harm of the opioid and drug abuse crisis in Central and Eastern Kentucky, but also the great work of local organizations that could be national models for helping individuals recover from addiction and return to productive, meaningful lives.
“St. James Place, Shepherd's House, Revive Life House, Chrysalis House, Recovery Kentucky and more are doing amazing work, but there is greater need for more transitional housing to give those suffering from addiction the best chance for long-term success."
St. James Place Apartments provide transitional housing units for previously homeless veterans, who can stay in the program for up to 24 months. The George Privett Recovery Program for Men helps those with drugs or alcohol addictions, with more than 1,000 men completing the program since 2008.
“While much work remains, I am confident, especially after seeing the facilities here in Kentucky, that we are on the path to ending homelessness,” said Sec. Carson.
Photos from today’s event can be downloaded here.