City to host 2nd annual ‘Lexington Ending Homelessness Academy and Community Summit’

The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention will be hosting the 2nd annual Lexington Ending Homelessness Academy and Community Summit April 15 – 19. Internationally recognized homeless expert Iain De Jong and his collogues will be leading organizations from all over Lexington in an intensive week of training.

The week will culminate with a public event, Community Conversations on Homelessness in Lexington, April 19 from 9 a.m. – noon at Immanuel Baptist Church, 2261 Armstrong Mill Road.

The event will be hosted by Debra Hensley, a local homelessness prevention advocate and former member of Lexington’s Commission on Homelessness.  She will discuss the history of homelessness in Lexington and the successful achievements the community has already implemented. De Jong will follow with a presentation of best practices.

In addition to presentations, there will be an open question and answer period throughout the morning. There will also be an opportunity for individuals to offer ideas for solutions on how they can help Lexington end homelessness.

This event is free but seating is limited to the first 250 people that register.

“To make an impact on homelessness in our community, we have to have a fundamental shift in our thinking and approach to the issue,” said Polly Ruddick, director of OHPI. “Homelessness is a community issue that can only end, by and with a committed community.” 

For more information about Lexington’s Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention, visit

Pictured right: Ian De Jong speaking at the 2018 Community Conversations on Homelessness in Lexington event.

Image of Ian De Jong from the 2018 Community Conversations on Homelessness in Lexington