A community action agency known as the Blue Grass Partnership provides services in the Kentucky counties of Bourbon, Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Woodford, Lincoln, Mercer, and Scott. While some short term assistance is available for needs such as childhood education, childhood support, energy bills, and housing, the main focus is on helping residents become self-sufficient.
The non-profit is called BGCAP for short. The agency offers rental assistance through several different Housing Program for low-income Kentuckians. There are also a few resources for paying utility costs, including weatherization and grants to pay the bills. Many of these resources are federal government funded. The following is a list of current rental assistance programs.
The Franklin County Re-Entry Program serves persons facing imminent homelessness upon release from a Regional Jail or Prison. Another option is low income housing, which is a part of the Lincoln County Duplexes. The agency has 2 bedroom duplexes in Stanford, Kentucky for those that qualify. Contact the local outreach office at (606) 365-2312.
Other more homeless prevention services are available too. For more information on any of BGCAP's housing resources, referrals to rent help or information on eviction prevention or loan programs, call the center near you.
Utility assistance is offered from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This grant program provides financial assistance to low-income and working poor clients with heating bills from November until March 31st. There may be some funding for cooling bills too.
Another option is Weatherization. This offers necessary home repairs, extra insulation or replacement of heating systems to assist clients in securing a safe, healthy home environment. The goal is to help them reduce heating and cooling bills. There is also support for repairing a client's furnace, replacement of heating systems, and other emergency aid.
Eligibility for both of these programs are based on income, with priority given to the elderly and disabled in counties such as Franklin, Bourbon, and Anderson. Upon approval from Blue Grass Community Action Partnership of weatherization, an inspection is performed on the client's home by the highly trained Weatherization staff. They will determine the extent of repairs necessary to make the residence safe, healthy and energy efficient.
The agency's Child Development Program operates government licensed Head Start and Day Care Centers in the service territory. The centers also participate in the Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW Childcare Quality Rating System.
Head Start from Blue Grass provides pre-school children assistance in early childhood development, language, numeracy, and literacy skills. Teachers from the schools and program also encourage creativity, improved confidence and self-sufficiency for the student and even their parents.
The resource serves as a catalyst for stronger and healthier families through education including community involvement, parenting skills and volunteering. Head Start also provides free health services (both medical and dental care), free food / nutrition, special services for children with disabilities. There is also transportation, and social services, with two Day Care centers available. There is a site in Anderson and one in Franklin County Kentucky. The day care centers also provide three nutritious meals each day.
Self-Sufficiency Program, available in some counties, focuses on families or individuals who desire to become stable but lack the ability to do this. So case managers from BGCAP work with clients on the financial and emotional issues to do so. The local staff provides Case Management to design an action plan for the family to achieve self-sufficiency, which may include employment, job training, credit counseling and more.
Adult Day Health is a non-profit program designed to provide part-time, yet comprehensive relief for caregivers of adults. It is focused on those that are not requiring 24-hour care, yet not capable of full-time independent living. All staff members are certified in a number of activities, including CPR and First Aid and a nurse is on staff at all times. Care is available to people of all income levels, however there may be fees determined by a sliding fee scale for more moderate income people. The Adult Day Program is a Medicaid provider as well.
Free food is part of the Elder Nutrition Program. This service from the community action agency provides management for congregate and home-delivered meals for over 15 nutrition sites in the following towns and counties. Assistance is offered in Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Anderson, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Bourbon, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Woodford, Nicholas, Powell, and Scott.
The BGCAP program goal is to deliver low cost or free quality meals to the nutrition sites and homebound clients, including the disabled or those that are age 60 years and older. The meals and groceries served meet at least one-third of the current daily recommended dietary allowance of the client. They will be prepared with minimal fat and tend to be healthy.
Congregate meals are provided by Blue Grass Community Action Partnership and other charities to client’s spouses, the homebound, and handicapped persons residing in elderly housing complexes too.
Referrals, assessment and ongoing guidance is offered too. The agency coordinates programs and services for clients 60 years and older. Emphasis is on identifying those elderly with social and nutritional needs among rural Kentucky, minorities, disabled, Alzheimer’s and dementia clients. Learn about Medicare, low income senior housing, energy assistance, and home loan repair programs, among other resources.
Senior Centers provide supportive services such as transportation, meals, chore assistance, respite and personal care. Other resources will be visiting for the elderly, outreach and telephone reassurance, case management and advocacy. Workshops are held on counseling, tax preparation and free legal assistance. The centers in the region, such as in Jessamine, Garrard, and Scott, provide educational and social activities as well.
SCSEP, or the Senior Community Service Employment Program, is for low-income persons age 55 and older who are looking for a job but have poor employment prospects. Blue Grass Community Action Partnership and SCSEP promote part-time employment opportunities and provides travel reimbursement, an annual physical and more in-services and paid training at a host agency.
The main office and phone is (502) 695-4290 and is based in 111 Professional Court in Frankfort, Kentucky. Other regional centers are noted below.
Anderson County, 117 1/2 Hilltop Drive, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky40342
Bourbon County, 2 Main & Bank Row, P O Box 159, Paris, KY 40362
Boyle County, 225 West Walnut Street, Danville, KY 40422
Franklin County, 73 C Michael Davenport Blvd., Suite 1, Frankfort, KY 40601
Garrad County, 105 South Campbell Street, Lancaster, KY 40444
Jessamine County, 13 South Main Street, Nicholasville, KY 40356
Lincoln County, 201 East Main Street, Stanford, Kentucky40484
Mercer County, 1475 Louisville Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Scott County, 340 E Washington Street, Georgetown, KY 40324
Woodford County, 285 Beasley Drive, Versailles, Kentucky 40383
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