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Members named to Lexington's commission on homelessness

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has named members to the city's commission on homelessness.

Council member Steve Kay will chair the commission. Debra Hensley, a former council member who assisted in building the Hope Center, will be co-chair.

The commission will examine long-term challenges and outstanding needs of those who are homeless, and of the community at-large as it relates to homelessness, according to city officials.

In addition to Kay and Hensley, the group's steering committee includes James P. "Ike" Adams, Dean, UK College of Social Work; Mark Davis, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church; and Melody Flowers, Assistant Director for Strategic Planning, UK Healthcare. The steering committee will direct the work of the commission and keep it on track.

Other commission members include Laura Babbage, clergy member and community volunteer; Michelle Beverly, Student Support Services Director, Fayette County Public Schools; Rocky Burke, General Manager, Lextran; Claudia Blaylock, Chair, Central Kentucky Housing and Homeless Initiative; Linda Carroll, business owner and downtown resident; Alberto Carrillo, Pastor, Bethel Hispanic Church; Catherine DeFlorio, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass; Bill Embry, St. James Place; Kevin Fleming, Kentucky Department of Advocacy; Jessica Gies, Aide to Councilmember Bill Farmer; Peggy Henson, 11th District councilmember; Mary Hunter, homeless representative; Janice James, Hope Center Deputy Director and Recovery Program for Women Director; Laverne Laine, Lexington Housing Authority; Sherry Maddock, East End resident; Randy Moler, Veterans Administration Medical Clinic; Douglas Pape, Division of Police; Don Ralph, former director, Eastern State Hospital; Harry Richart, community volunteer; Kate Savage, community volunteer; Mike Scanlon, community volunteer; Tanya Torp, Community Engagement Coordinator, United Way of the Bluegrass; Brian Varble, Minister of Missions and Recreation, Calvary Baptist Church; Ginny Vicini, Executive Director, New Beginnings Bluegrass, Inc.; Kyle Whalen, community volunteer; and Kathy Witt, Sheriff.

Gray said several appointments are pending.

The group is expected to hold its first meeting later this summer, according to city officials.

Gray has asked the group to report back to him by January 2013.


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