Homeless shelters http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky's Rural Homeless Shelters Face Challenges Meeting New Federal Guidelines http://wkyufm.org/post/kentuckys-rural-homeless-shelters-face-challenges-meeting-new-federal-guidelines <p>New federal regulations have exposed issues in Kentucky’s rural homeless shelters.</p><p>Changes to the federal HEARTH Act require shelters and transitional housing programs to work together to provide a ‘continuum of care’ to clients. That poses challenges for rural areas where services are more isolated.</p><p>According the Kentucky Housing Corporation’s Davey King, the changes have been smoother in urban areas like Louisville and Lexington.</p><p>“That’s much easier to implement because all of their providers are contained within that one county area, and it’s easier for them to make referrals from a shelter to a transitional housing program or to another shelter. When one shelter is full and they can’t serve somebody, they can easily refer somebody to another shelter.”</p><p>King also says that the expiration of federal stimulus funds has hampered their efforts to better coordinate between rural shelters. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:26:41 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39777 at http://wkyufm.org Benefit Gala is Scheduled to Help the Homeless in Owensboro http://wkyufm.org/post/benefit-gala-scheduled-help-homeless-owensboro <p>James Barnett of the Daniel Pitino Shelter in Owensboro says his agency is seeing more &quot;first-time&quot; homeless than ever. Barnett says the difficult economy has forced people who had never sought assistance in the past to ask for help. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 13:08:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 7779 at http://wkyufm.org Benefit Gala is Scheduled to Help the Homeless in Owensboro