housing puzzleMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1//22/18) — Muhlenberg Vision 20/20 announced in a press release that it will conduct a count of homeless people in Muhlenberg County on Wednesday, Jan. 31 as part of the 2018 K-Count coordinated in partnership with Kentucky Housing Corporation.

The K-Count is a point-in-time snapshot of homeless people in each county in the state except Fayette and Jefferson counties. Due to separate funding applications from the federal government, Fayette and Jefferson counties will conduct their own count. The K-Count includes people temporarily residing in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs as well as those unsheltered. Volunteers are needed specifically to locate and survey people living outside or in other locations not meant for regular human habitation.

Understanding the scope of an area’s homeless population allows planners to more effectively target resources. This will help minimize the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness and, in turn, reduce the inefficient and costly use of other valuable resources in the community, the press release stated.

“During our six Community Conversations that Muhlenberg 20/20 conducted throughout Muhlenberg County, the need for affordable housing was a common issue that was brought up in all parts of the county,” Vision 20/20 Committee Chairwoman Susan Wells stated in the press release. “It was very eye opening as living conditions in some areas were described as we asked the question, ‘What are the things most needed in your community?’ It is heart breaking that these conditions exist here.

“While this is a big project that will not have an overnight solution, the 20/20 Committee is in the very early stages of accessing the housing needs of Muhlenberg County and researching who we need to bring to the table to discuss feasible solutions. The opportunity to assist with this survey is one step in this direction.  Thank you to Muhlenberg Vison 20/20 Committee Member Logan Porter for leading the charge on this project.”

For more information, contact Logan Porter at 270-338-1050 or Susan Wells at 270-757-6213 or visit the Muhlenberg Vision 20/20 Facebook page for more details.

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