HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours transitional housing programs in Lexington

01/25/2018 04:55 PM

LEXINGTON- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was in Lexington Thursday with Governor Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, and U.S. Representative Andy Barr, R-Lexington for a round table discussion on transitional housing and homelessness prevention.

“We have made great progress towards ending homelessness in Lexington and across Kentucky. To end homelessness, we must continue to work together. Since 2010, there has been a 14 percent reduction in homelessness nationwide. We have cut veteran homelessness nearly in half. This progress is due to the coordinated efforts at all levels of government, due in large part to the Federal Strategic Plan. In addition, we have had great support from our non-governmental partners from the private sector, non-profits, churches, and community organizations. We must continue to monitor which methods work best and invest in those and the partnerships that have been successful.” said Secretary Ben Carson.

Following the round table discussion, Secretary Carson toured St. James Place Nonprofit Housing and the Hope Center’s George Privett Recovery Program for Men along with Governor Bevin and Rep. Barr.

“It was an honor to welcome Sec. Carson to Lexington along with Gov. Bevin,” said Rep. Barr. “We showed Sec. Carson not only the harm of the opioid and drug abuse crisis in Central and Eastern Kentucky, but also the great work of local organizations that could be national models for helping individuals recover from addiction and return to productive, meaningful lives.

St. James Place Apartments provides transitional housing units for previously homeless veterans. The George Privett Recovery Program for Men helps those with drugs or alcohol addictions.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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