Lexington Veteran Blitz Offers Hope during Adverse Weather through Housing Options
Many veterans living in a temporary Veterans Affairs Grant and Per Diem Program housing facility visited the Lexington, Kentucky housing blitz on a cold, windy day in February hoping to find a respite from the weather and a more permanent, affordable place to stay. The Veterans filled out applications with the VOA, the housing authority, HUD representatives, and other Lexington housing partners.
Others came as well teetering on homelessness. One man awaiting surgery from injuries suffered in car accident related, "I have never been homeless and I don't want to be. You see they keep raising my rents and I'm barely making it. I came here to see if there is any way I can get into some nice apartments based on my veteran pension." This gentleman was able to apply for the income-based apartments and hopes to move in soon.
Additionally, other homeless individuals were triaged finding a temporary place to stay out of the bad weather, off the streets and received a warm coat that the advocacy group was offering as well as warm socks. They were subsequently referred to homeless shelters and supportive service agencies to help them receive permanently housing as quickly as possible.
"Ultimately, it was wonderful to see those who walked in with their heads held low walk out with their heads held high because they knew that they were not forgotten and were still valued...that they had found resources that could help them no matter what their housing situation," said Deborah Knight, HUD Kentucky Office Senior Management Analyst. Both she and David Railey represented HUD at the blitz that day.
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