Governor Announces Homelessness Prevention and Housing Program Funding

FRANKFORT, KY – September 24, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — 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 portion.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 Development.

“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 arose (at) kyhousing (dot) org.

Applicant

Amount

AIDS Volunteers, Inc.

$172,000

Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of KY, Inc.

$60,000

Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc.

$495,000

Beattyville Housing and Development Corporation

$113,000

Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency, Inc.

$100,000

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, Inc.

$60,000

Blue Grass Community Action Partnership

$470,000

Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Inc.

$126,000

Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc.

$455,000

Christian Social Services, Inc.

$144,000

City of Ashland

$436,000

Clark County Community Services

$82,000

Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison & Nicholas Counties

$474,000

Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison & Nicholas Counties (Lexington)

$151,000

Cumberland River Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Board

$82,000

Daniel Boone Community Action Agency, Inc.

$323,000

Emergency Christian Ministries Homeless Shelter

$32,000

Frankfort Resource Office for Social Ministries, Inc.

$23,000

Gateway Homeless Coalition, Inc.

$500,000

Gentry House

$56,000

Green River Housing Corporation

$139,352

Green River Ministries, Inc.

$164,000

Harlan Countians for a Healthy Community

$127,000

Hazard Perry County Community Ministries

$419,000

Heartland CARES, Inc.

$304,000

Hope Center

$18,000

Jesus Community Center, Inc.

$216,000

KCEOC Community Action Partnership

$485,000

Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency

$192,000

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association

$788,000

Kentucky River Community Care, Inc.

$222,000

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc.(Regular)

$373,000

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc.

$145,000

Lake Cumberland Regional MH/MR Board, Inc. dba The Adanta Group

$274,000

LifeSkills, Inc.

$171,000

Maysville Initiatives, Inc.

$273,000

Northern Kentucky Area Development District

$1,376,000

Pathways, Inc.

$42,000

Pennyroyal Center, Inc. (Regular)

$75,000

Pennyroyal Center, Inc.

$35,000

People’s Self-Help Housing, Inc.

$354,000

Potentials, Inc.

$192,000

The City of Richmond

$441,000

The Salvation Army of Hopkinsville

$72,000

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc.

$117,000

WestCare Kentucky Pikeville Emergency Homeless Shelter and Community Involvement Center

$119,000

YMCA Safe Place Services

$120,000

Total

$11,607,352

Contact: Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff
502-564-2611

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