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Nov 15, 2012 12:11 PM

Lexington Joins Homelessness Effort

Roughly 1,500 people are living on the streets of Lexington today. The growing problem has prompted the city to join an ongoing effort to raise awareness about homelessness.

1,500 may sound like a lot, but how about 36,897? That's the number of people who died on the streets while homeless in the last year alone.

The joint effort between the street council and the Catholic Action Center started in late October leading up to this week, which is national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The city got on board Thursday at a news conference and invited Lexington activist Ellis Boatley to speak. Three years ago he was homeless himself.

"I still see the people on the streets as people," said Boatley. "I don't think I'm better than they are or that I'm something special. I just got blessed and blessings will be coming on all them also."

The organizations involved are holding a march, a prayer service and a concert this weekend to help raise awareness. For more information, click here.

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