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Lexington mayor forms new commission to address homelessness

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says he will form a new commission to address issues and concerns with the city's homeless population.

We're told the Mayor's Commission on Homelessness will recommend needed changes after talking to advocates for the homeless, and people who live and work near shelters.

"Our community has a long record of reaching out to help those who need shelter. We can be proud of many of those efforts, including the Hope Center, the Salvation Army and MASH," Gray said. "But we also have ongoing challenges. This is a complex issue. It's clear we need to step back and take stock … to examine long-term challenges and outstanding needs."

The mayor says he decided to form the commission after concerns raised recently about the Community Inn, Messener's Boarding House, and a food program and Phoenix Park.

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