Press Release Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Ky.—Gov. Steve Beshear, along with Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC)
Chief Executive Officer Richard L. McQuady, and U.S. Interagency Council
on Homelessness National Team Leader Michael German, today announced
that Kentucky has applied for more than $18.5 million for a new program
to provide rental assistance and services to prevent people from
becoming homeless and to help those who are experiencing homelessness.
On Feb. 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes $1.5 billion for the
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. In Kentucky, this
program is called Kentucky’s Housing and Emergency Assistance Reaching
The Homeless (KY HEARTH) Program.
Louisville, Lexington, Covington, and the state have applied for
direct allocations of funding for the KY HEARTH Program from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). KHC will administer
the funding for the state. Nonprofits or units of local government are
eligible to apply for funding from the state through a competitive
process. KHC will hold an application training on June 16 and
applications will be due to KHC by July 14, 2009. KHC will select all
subgrantees and obligate funds to them by Sep.30, 2009. Individuals
seeking assistance should contact subgrantees after Sep. 30. For more
information about KY HEARTH, visit the Kentucky Homeless Web site at www.kyhomeless.org.
Today, KHC also released the results of the statewide 2009
Point-In-Time Homeless Count. A total of 5,983 homeless individuals were
recorded during the biennial count, which was originally scheduled for
Jan. 29, 2009. Due to a massive ice and snowstorm that hit the state in
late January, many regions conducted part or all of the count on Feb.
19, 2009. The weather and the rescheduling of the count by many areas to
the later date are suspected to have had a major impact on the number
of individuals included in the count.
“One of the most concerning findings from the 2009 Point-In-Time
Count, which was the number of individuals who were precariously
housed,” said Gov. Beshear. “Outside of Kentucky’s major metropolitan
areas, almost 7,000 people do not have secure housing and are only one
small event, whether it be an illness or cut in the numbers of hours
they can work, away from being homeless. KY HEARTH will help this
population, which is often overlooked because they are less visible not
living on the streets.”
“Conducting a statewide count of individuals, who are often difficult
to identify and locate, is a challenging task,” explained McQuady.
“This already difficult endeavor was made even more taxing by extreme
weather conditions. We appreciate the efforts of the volunteers,
coordinators and partners who participated in the count.”
While the number of homeless persons recorded during the count is
only a snapshot and does not represent the total number of homeless
people in the state, the number coupled with other information collected
in the count provides valuable information about the characteristics of
the homeless population in Kentucky, such as why they are homeless.
HUD uses data collected during the count to determine how much
funding will be available for homeless assistance in the state. HUD
requires that the count be conducted every other year. To keep
up-to-date data on the homeless population, Kentucky counts every year.
KHC estimates that given the total homeless counted, Kentucky will
qualify for over $17 million in funding.
The results of a two-year study conducted by the Kent School of
Social Work at the University of Louisville showed that it cost nearly
$89 million over a two-year period to shelter and care for just over
7,000 single homeless adults. The study also showed that providing
permanent housing to these individuals over the two-year period would
have saved $6.4 million. This study, and others like it, demonstrates
that providing permanent, supportive housing is the best and most
cost-effective solution to homelessness.
The 2009 Point-In-Time Count Report is available on the Kentucky Homeless Web site at www.kyhomeless.org.
For more information, contact:
Kentucky Housing Corporation | 1231 Louisville Rd., Frankfort,
502-564-7630; 800-633-8896 (KY only); TTY 711