Local governments renewing interlocal homelessness agreement

Russell Springs, Jamestown and county governments are working on renewing an interlocal agreement started last year aimed at addressing homelessness in Russell County.

The agreement provides for a total of $4,500 split evenly between the three entities ($1,500 each) that will provide a maximum two-night stay at a local motel for individuals determined as homeless by law enforcement.

The agreement also creates a homeless board that will consist of the Russell County Sheriff/designee, County Attorney/designee, Judge Executive/designee, Russell Springs Mayor/designee, and Jamestown Mayor/designee.

The fiscal court approved the renewal of the agreement last week, as did the Jamestown City Council. The Russell Springs City Council will bring the agreement up for a vote next month.

At last week’s Jamestown City Council meeting, Mayor Regena Hinton told WJRS News she believed the plan helped a lot of people in its first year.

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