How do I get involved?

Advocate

  • Participate in a Homeless Prevention and Intervention Board Meeting or a Committee meeting. These are the 2020 dates, location, and times for all meetings of the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.
  • Call any organization/shelter and ask for a tour to learn more about their work and how you can support them.
  • Advocate to local leaders about increasing fair housing opportunities in our community, including rental opportunities for people with past criminal records, poor credit or poor rental histories.  The inability to find rental housing can often lead to homelessness. 
  • Support “second chance employers” who consider qualifications and expertise before rejecting someone because of mistake made previously. Some people can’t find work because employers reject their applications based strictly on long past criminal incidents.
  • Follow organizations like the Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky (HHCK) for more advocacy opportunities.

Give

We know that housing ends homelessness. Please support Lexington’s rent sharing and supportive services program dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in Lexington. More information

Find an organization that you identify with and support them by donating items and supplies they need. Always ask first to ensure the items you collect are actually needed.

Ensure the organizations you support are outcomes-oriented with clear plans to ending homelessness. Is ending homelessness part of their mission?

Please do not give to panhandlers or individuals asking for money. Many of these individuals are not homeless and others struggle with severe substance additions.

  • Giving cash is harmful and may cause injury or death by supporting additions
  • Giving clothes, food and supplies undermine the efforts of professionals who are often working to help that person end their homelessness. Sometimes professional are unable to successfully house individuals because they are being provided significant support to live on the streets of Lexington.
  • Meals and shelters beds are available in Lexington every day of the week. Most of those asking for money are choosing not to seek help.

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Serve

  • Find an organization you identify with and ask how you can volunteer to help or support.
  • Work alongside professional organizations to avoid duplication of services.
  • Do not serve meals or distribute items in parks or other spaces not designed to service delivery. This duplicates services and undermines the work of our shelters and housing programs.
  • Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter for news about meetings and volunteer opportunities and follow us on Facebook.

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