Commonwealth of Kentucky
Office of the Governor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charla Jackson Peter502-564-7630 ext. 454
Governor Announces Homelessness Prevention and Housing Program Funding
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2009) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear,
along with Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) Chief Executive Officer
Richard L. McQuady, today announced the recipients of Kentucky’s Housing
and Emergency Assistance Reaching The Homeless (KY HEARTH) Program
grant funds. This initiative is part of the national American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and the federal Homeless Prevention
and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Lexington, Louisville and Covington
received direct allocations. KHC administers the balance of the state’s
KY HEARTH helps prevent individuals and families from becoming
homeless and helps those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly
re-housed and stabilized. Through the ARRA, 47 projects proposed by
nonprofit agencies and local governments across the state are receiving a
total of $11,607,352 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
“The Kentucky 2009 Point-In-Time Count of the homeless revealed that
almost 7,000 people, outside of the two largest metropolitan areas in
the state, were on the verge of homelessness, meaning precariously
housed,” said Governor Beshear. “These funds will help get these
individuals the assistance they need to find a safe and permanent home.”
Precariously housed includes those who are doubled- or tripled-up
with family or friends, living in substandard housing conditions, or
expecting eviction within seven days with no community support network
to assist them. Governor Beshear added, “These individuals typically
have not been eligible for assistance because they do not meet the
definition of homelessness used by other federal housing programs. This
new KY HEARTH funding can be used to assist these individuals and
prevent them from becoming homeless.”
Eligible individuals and families may receive assistance through a KY
HEARTH-funded local service agency. These persons may receive
financial assistance in the form of rental assistance, including rental
arrears; security deposits; utility payments; utility deposits; moving
cost assistance; and motel and hotel vouchers. In addition, supportive
services are available to help assisted individuals and families stay
housed. Services include case management, credit counseling,
identifying appropriate housing and some legal services.
“By preventing homelessness through addressing its root causes we can
improve the lives of these Kentuckians, ”said KHC’s McQuady.
For more information about KHC's KY HEARTH Program, please contact
Anne Colly Rose toll-free in Kentucky at (800) 633-8896 or (502)
564-7630, extension 259; TTY 711; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIDS Volunteers, Inc.
Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of KY, Inc.
Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc.
Beattyville Housing and Development Corporation
Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency, Inc.
Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, Inc.
Blue Grass Community Action Partnership
Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Inc.
Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc.
Christian Social Services, Inc.
City of Ashland
Clark County Community Services
Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison & Nicholas Counties
Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison & Nicholas Counties (Lexington)
Cumberland River Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Board
Daniel Boone Community Action Agency, Inc.
Emergency Christian Ministries Homeless Shelter
Frankfort Resource Office for Social Ministries, Inc.
Gateway Homeless Coalition, Inc.
Green River Housing Corporation
Green River Ministries, Inc.
Harlan Countians for a Healthy Community
Hazard Perry County Community Ministries
Heartland CARES, Inc.
Jesus Community Center, Inc.
KCEOC Community Action Partnership
iana Regional Planning and Development Agency
Kentucky Domestic Violence Association
Kentucky River Community Care, Inc.
Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc.(Regular)
Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc.
Lake Cumberland Regional MH/MR Board, Inc. dba The Adanta Group
Maysville Initiatives, Inc.
Northern Kentucky Area Development District
Pennyroyal Center, Inc. (Regular)
Pennyroyal Center, Inc.
People's Self-Help Housing, Inc.
The City of Richmond
The Salvation Army of Hopkinsville
Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc.
YMCA Safe Place Services
For more information, contact:
Kentucky Housing Corporation | 1231 Louisville Rd., Frankfort,
502-564-7630; 800-633-8896 (KY only); TTY 711