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A Graves County homeless shelter is at risk of closing if it can’t find a new director soon.  

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Owensboro has launched a program to get homeless veterans off the street.  

The city is working with the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the project. 

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Murray's Gentry House holds a Derby Party fundraiser on May 2, benefiting its residential service for homeless families with children. Director Kimberly Mason and Board Member Dr. Robert Lyons join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with more about the party, an overview of Gentry House services and dreams for its future.


New York Times and USA today best-selling author Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, visits West Kentucky Community and Technical College as the finale to the college's 2015 One Book, One Campus, One Community Read. Although the book is set in the 75 year period between 1854 and 1929, when an estimated quarter of a million abandoned and homeless children were placed with families through the United States and Canada during the "Orphan Train Movement," Kate Lochte asks the author if she sees parallels today.

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More than $19 million has been awarded to help homeless housing and service programs in Kentucky.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the grants this week. 
The funds will help with services such as street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance.

Thanksgiving is around the corner and is a time to reflect on good fortune, friends and family. Some good fortunes can be taken for granted: a roof over your head, food in the refrigerator, a job that pays a fair wage. The Gentry House in Murray helps homeless families with children who may have suffered from domestic violence or lost jobs. It's a transitional shelter where people can stay for up to 90 days. During this time, they'll get help finding a job, pursuing educational routes and permanent housing.

On Sounds Good, we speak with Gentry House director Kim Mason, and the president of its board of directors, Dr. Robert Lyons of Murray State's College of Education and Health Services.

A Murray non-profit that provides housing for homeless families with children plans to close January 31.

Gentry House board members met with Murray’s Human Rights Commission Monday to discuss funding options that could keep the housing non-profit open. Volunteer director and board member Melinda Johnson says the meeting was an opportunity to clarify the difficulties it’s facing.

Kentucky’s rural homeless shelters are finding it difficult to coordinate their services as new federal regulations take effect.

The HEARTH Act was passed in 2009, and its regulations for how homeless shelters and transitional housing programs work together are slowly being implemented.

Mike Wilson and Emily Kohl of the Gentry House in Murray stop by our studio on Sounds Good to speak with Kate Lochte about the first-annual community Derby Party: Run for the Homeless fundraiser on Saturday, May 4th at the Murray Banquet Center. The event starts at 2 p.m. and the race begins at 5:24 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Gentry House in Murray. The Gentry House is a homeless/emergency shelter that acts as a safe haven for families with children in Murray and Calloway County. Click here for more about the Gentry House

A group of Paducah citizens are telling city officials they don’t want a homeless resource center in their neighborhood. Resident Bob Kelley presented Mayor Bill Paxton and City Commissioners yesterday with more than 250 signatures on a petition asking for an ordinance banning homeless shelters in residential neighborhoods. Tent City Resource Center will open soon on Bridge Street near Kelley’s home.