Homeless shelter gets four more months on Winchester Road

jkegley@herald-leader.comOctober 26, 2012 

The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Adjustment and the Community Inn, a homeless shelter and outreach ministry on Winchester Road, agreed to a four-month stay of revocation of the Community Inn's conditional use permit.

The board revoked the permit in June, saying a homeless shelter was not permitted to occupy the space. Board members have said they thought the inn, an outreach program of Emmanuel Apostolic Church and the Catholic Action Center, was going to be a church.

The inn's supporters claimed the Community Inn is a non-traditional church. It provides nightly shelter for homeless men and women, but also Bible study sessions and worship services.

In June, the board gave the inn until Dec. 8 to clear out. Emmanuel Apostolic Church and the Catholic Action Center filed a lawsuit.

The stay of revocation will allow the shelter to operate through the winter months. Meanwhile, the city and the inn will search for a suitable location.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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