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Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund

Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund


Governor Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-700, effective August 25, 2020, that dedicated $15 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to create the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund. The fund will help: 

  • Prevent evictions of Kentucky tenants to keep them housed during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Allow landlords to get substantial payments for back rent
  • Reduce the volume of eviction cases in Kentucky courts
Click the buttons below to start the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund application. Note: Jefferson County residents should choose the Jefferson County Residents button. 
Apply for Eviction Relief​​

​Click here to start the online application.
   Jefferson County Residents  

​Jefferson County Residents Only -     Click here to start the application for eviction relief in your county.


For more information, visit teamkyhherf.ky.gov or click the links below.

Eligible Tenants

Eligible Tenant applicants must meet ALL of the following:
  • Tenants in any Kentucky County outside of Jefferson County (Jefferson County has its own federally-funded eviction relief program. See above.)
  • At risk of eviction as evidenced by a past due letter from landlord, a pending court eviction,
    eviction notice, or similar document.
  • Household income for the past 30 days cannot exceed 80% Area Median Income (AMI).
    Click here to look up monthly income limits.
  • Have a current written lease or sign a lease with their landlord. Click here to download the document.
  • Do not currently receive other rental assistance. The program cannot duplicate assistance from another source, including Section 8, USDA RD rental assistance, and public housing.
  • Are requesting assistance for their primary residence.
  • Those living with family and paying rent informally are not eligible.
  • Those who own a trailer home and owe rent for a lot are eligible.

Eligible Landlords

Eligible Landlord applicants must meet ALL of the following:

  • Must forgive 10% of rent due and forgive late fees, penalties, and interest related to non-payment of rent.
  • Have a current written lease or sign a lease with their tenant. Click here to download the document.
  • Must agree to give 45 days’ notice for any future eviction, not to be initiated until at least 30 days after assistance concludes.
  • Must agree to terms of arrearage settlement and submit all necessary paperwork.

Both the tenant and the landlord must complete and submit an online application and supply the required documentation to be eligible for payment. 


Documents

Required documentation from TENANTS:
(You must upload electronic versions or photos of these documents to complete your application)

  • Copy of state ID OR mail indicating proof of residence
  • Proof of all income earned by all household members over the past month or 4 weeks
  • Current Lease in tenant's name (if a written lease was completed)
  • Letter/notice of late rent, notice to vacate, notice of eviction, court summons, judgement, etc.

Required documentation from LANDLORDS:
(You must upload electronic versions or photos of these documents to complete your application)

  • Copy of owner's state ID
  • Current Lease in landlord and tenant's names (if a written lease was completed). If no lease exists, one must be executed and submitted at a later date if you and tenant are approved for assistance. Click here to download the document.
  • Letter of eviction, notice of late rent, notice to vacate, court summons, judgement, etc.

Documentation required at a later time from LANDLORD if approved for assistance:

  • Newly executed written lease if landlord and tenant did not already have one.
  • Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund Settlement Agreement (signed by both Tenant and Landlord). Click hereto download the document OR form AOC-218 Forcible Detainer Settlement Agreement.
  • Direct Deposit Banking Form
  • W-9 from company or individual receiving payment
  • Agency Authorization Form (if someone other than owner/landlord is signing)

Both the tenant and the landlord must complete and submit an online application and supply the required documentation to be eligible for payment. 

Program Details

Payment Specifics

  • Payments are made in a lump sum to landlords (no sooner than September 25, 2020) in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes; forgiving late fees, penalties, and interest related to non-payment of rent; and forgiving up to 10% of the amount due.
  • 90% of back rent owed and up to two months of future rent, if eligible
  • Monthly rent subsidy limited to 150% of HUD Fair Market Rent. See table of rent assistance limits.
    • If household income is </= 50% AMI: 90% of back rent owed and two months future rent; maximum of $6,500.
    • If household income is >50% to </= 80% AMI: 90% of back rent owed and one month future rent; maximum of $4,000.

Who is eligible?

  • Living in a Kentucky county (excluding Jefferson County) 
  • At risk of eviction
  • Has a household income that does not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income. Click here to look up monthly income limits.
  • Has a current written lease or can sign one (download here) with their landlord
  • Does not receive other rental assistance

What is needed?

  • An email address
    • Tenants must know the landlord's email address, and the landlord must know the tenant's email address for the application. If either party does not have an email address, click here to set up a free account.
  • Documents needed are outlined on the documents tab

Both the tenant and the landlord must complete and submit an online application and supply the required documentation to be eligible for payment. 

Timeline

  • Application portal will open September 8, 2020.
  • Applications will be reviewed by Kentucky Housing Corporation starting September 21, 2020.
  • Once both the tenant and the landlord have completed their application, they have reserved a place in line to receive payment, if eligible.
  • Assistance will be paid as lump sum payments to landlords.
  • Payments are anticipated to be dispensed to landlords no sooner than September 25, 2020.
  • Assistance with back rent can be calculated back to March 1, 2020.
  • Applications will close when funds are exhausted (before December 10, 2020).

 

Frequently Asks Questions (FAQ)

For a complete list of FAQs, click here

What is the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund?

It is a $15 million effort to keep Kentuckians healthy and housed throughout the pandemic.

What does it cover?

It covers back rent and possibly future rent payments.

Why was it created?

With the economic impacts of COVID-19, many Kentuckians have struggled to pay their rent over the last six months. The Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund was created to prevent evictions, to keep Kentuckians housed, to pay landlords back-owed rent, and to reduce the volume of eviction cases in Kentucky courts. 

How do I apply?

Tenants or landlords can visit teamkyhherf.ky.gov to submit an application. Landlords must submit an application for each unit they are collecting on.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, visit the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund page: teamkyhherf.ky.gov.

Additional Resources

As Kentuckians begin to rebound from the impacts of COVID, they should take advantage of resources throughout the community. Below are a few links to agencies and applications that offer assistance throughout the Commonwealth.