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Homeless shelter in jeopardy?

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

A line will soon form outside of The Community Inn facility on Winchester Road, as several people look for a place to safely lay their heads at night.

However, a letter from the city could put some of the services at The Community Inn in jeopardy.

City planning staff are investigating whether or not the permit issued is being used properly. Staff say it is issued for a church operation and not a homeless shelter. Ginny Ramsey, the co-director of The Community Inn says the two go hand in hand.

"If you continue Sunday after Sunday in this beautiful worship space to come together and praise a homeless man and forget the homeless on Monday, the. All of this is a gathering room," Ramsey explains.

An average of seventy-five people go there for a safe nights sleep.

"We've had 27,000 nights of shelter since we opened last April. Where are the people going to go," asks Ramsey?

Ramsey hopes the City will let The Community Inn continue to help Lexington's homeless population.

"When we opened, 102 people, we have gotten a permanent shelter. They've now got their own homes," Ramsey says.

While the ultimate goal is to get these people off the streets and living in homes of their own, Ramsey believes they have to go somewhere in between.

The permit issue will go before the Board of Adjustment May 18th. A meeting is scheduled inside Lexington Council Chambers at 1:00pm on that day.

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