Street Outreach Program
Going to the People
“We have met a lot of different people, all with unique stories. One woman, recently separated from her husband, was living in a tent until she could find somewhere else to go.”- David Shadd
In March 2016, Hope Center was awarded a three year grant through the Office of Homeless Prevention and Intervention (OHPI) for LFUCG to begin our Street Outreach Program. This program allows us to reach out to individuals in the community who do not come into shelters and who live on the streets, often under bridges, in the city parks, abandoned houses or other unfit living locations. As of March 2018, Street Outreach has made contact with 135 men and women. The program has been able to house more than 40 individuals and has connected many of these individuals with emergency shelter, provided food or clothing and assisted with obtaining benefits.
In early 2018, Hope Center partnered with OHPI, Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health and Welcome House, in Covington, KY, to expand our street outreach component to include a SOAR program. This program will assist with connecting homeless individuals with Social Security benefits. This will ultimately help homeless men and women obtain income and get off the streets.
We have met so many, each with a unique story. Some have been living on the streets for years and some are new. We met a couple who have been on the streets since losing their apartment and then losing their jobs. One woman, recently separated from her husband, was living in a tent until she could find somewhere else to go. Another couple were resistant to going to shelters because of their pet. Some struggle with mental illness or addiction and some struggle with being unemployed or underemployed.
Our goal is simple. We are here to assist with issues or needs, helping men and women get off the streets and, ultimately, into housing. Having someone assist with these tasks and someone to point toward resources that are already available can make all the difference in the world.
Not everyone has been receptive to accepting services, but for those individuals, we continue to build relationships and work on the barriers leading to their homelessness. Combined with our other outreach services through the HopeMobile, Housing First, and the Emergency Shelter, our Street Outreach Program is in a good position to provide comprehensive services designed to help these individuals get off the street and stay off the street.
For more information, contact David Shadd at 859-252-7881.
360 W. Loudon Ave. Lexington, KY 40508
Hyde Hope Health Clinic: 859-225-5035
(For Recovery Program intake, call the Emergency Shelter and ask for Intake)
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Donations & volunteers
The Hope Center is a 501c3 non-profit.
For all donations or volunteer assistance contact the Development Department at 859-721-0144.
For Men’s Emergency Shelter and Recovery Program questions and intake call 859-252-7881.
For Women’s Recovery Program intake call 859-252-2002.
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