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Mon November 9, 2009
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is declaring November 15-21 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Kentucky. To help boost the volunteer spirit, First Lady Jane Beshear helped prepare and serve lunch at a Frankfort homeless shelter. She says the Beshear administration is committed to the goal of ending homelessness.
"We're pursuing programs that are specifically oriented to the homeless. The governor recently approved changes to Kentucky's ten year plan to end homelessness that will apply regional strategies to address needs that are unique in each area."
Last winter's attempt to count the homeless in Kentucky was interrupted by the January ice storm, but volunteers still found almost six thousand homeless persons in the state. Another 68-hundred individuals are precariously housed - facing eviction, living in substandard conditions or staying with family and friends.