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2015 Lexington homeless count lowest since 2007

Number of homeless down 12.8 percent since last year

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2015) — More homeless people in Lexington are moving off the street and into shelters or transitional housing, according to the 2015 Point-in-Time count by the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.

On Jan. 28 of this year 39 people were counted as being unsheltered, well below the 91 counted in 2013 and 116 counted in 2010. The number was 68 in 2009, 96 in 2008 and 46 in 2007. Counts were not taken in 2011, 2012, or 2014.

The total homeless count—which includes people living in transitional housing (short-term programs lasting no more than 2 years), emergency shelters and unsheltered on the street—was down 12.8 percent from last year. The 2015 count documented 1,267 homeless people, the lowest number since 2007. The 2014 count was 1,453. The count is taken every January.