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Mayor addresses homeless issue

The city says it's a growing issue that needs to be fixed, the question is "how?" The mayor of Lexington has called for a task force to look into the city's homelessness.

The recent problem with shelter over-crowding has led Lexington's mayor to find a group that can fix it.

"Let's acknowledge we got some issues, and let's bring people together. Bring these talents together. Bring the good problem solving capabilities that we've got to the table and work on them," explains Mayor Jim Gray.

He is now searching for talented, diverse individuals experienced in issues involving the homeless population. Together, he hopes they can address issues with the food program in Phoenix Park, and the operation of the Community Inn.

"There will be more tension and probably a little more distress in the short order."

For Ginny Ramsey, the woman who runs the homeless shelter at the Community Inn, news that the city would address homelessness couldn't come at a better time.

"There's no better place than Lexington to grapple with this multi-faceted issue," says Ramsey.

This weekend, she will officially open the upper floor of the Community Inn, expanding it into a women-only story. Next week, a city board will look at zoning regulations involving the shelter.

"I had confidence that at some point we would all be able to come together because we all care about the same thing," Ramsey says.

Mayor Gray will appoint members to the commission by the 1st of June.

Anyone interested in serving on the commission should call the Mayor's Office at 859.258.3100.

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