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Homeless ask Kentucky city for 3-week camp clearing notice

April 18, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentuckians struggling with homelessness are asking for an ordinance that requires homeless camps be given notice of camp clearings at least 21 days in advance.

News outlets report the ordinance was proposed to a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council committee on Tuesday. The General Government and Social Services Committee said it will revisit the issue at its May 14 meeting.

The city has removed 14 homeless camps since July, with several being taken down during winter.

The director of Lexington’s Homeless Prevention and Intervention Office, Polly Ruddick, says the city gives residents time to collect belongings before camp removals, but there’s no standard amount of time.

Ginny Ramsey is the co-founder of one of Lexington’s homeless shelters. She says the ordinance is needed to provide consistency.