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Mon November 16, 2009
By Kentucky News Connection
Frankfort, KY – This is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in the Commonwealth and those close to the issue say people without a proper place to live aren't those you might imagine. Gerry Roll with the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness says many have jobs, but not jobs that provide them the kind of paychecks they need. Roll says Kentucky also suffers from a problem of trying to identify what defines proper housing. She says people in need are stretching some houses to the limit.
"Multiple generations of family doubled up, or friends doubled up with friends, and then we have an issue with substandard and severely substandard housing the in the rural parts of the state."
The answer, says Roll, is more coordinated efforts between the agencies in Kentucky trying to tackle the homeless problem. Today in Paducah, non-profit agencies are holding a Homeless Awareness Forum to address the increasing poverty in the region.