A Safe Place to Live in Rural Kentucky
The Samaritan Project is a Supportive Housing Program that serves unaccompanied adults with documented disabilities. It is designed as part of the Continuum of Care strategy to promote the development of housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in the transition from streets and shelters to permanent housing and maximum self-sufficiency.
Because Supportive Housing is a federal grant program authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, participants must meet the following U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development definition of chronically homeless: “An unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more or has had at least four (4) episodes of homelessness in the past three (3) years.”
The Samaritan Project is a permanent housing program. A housing voucher is issued to the participant following third-party verification of income, chronic homelessness, disability and household composition. Kentucky Housing operates three Samaritan projects: two projects are scattered throughout the state, excluding Lexington and Louisville; one project serves the Lexington community specifically. One bedroom apartments are leased for program participants.
Participants of the Samaritan Project must receive services from a referring agency, such as the local comprehensive care agency. Referring agencies will be responsible for ongoing case management, access to psychiatric care, housing support and services.
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