Bluegrass region of Kentucky assistance programs.

The following non-profits, charities, and government programs may be able to provide help to some or all of the following counties. Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer, Scott, and Woodford residents may be able to get help with paying rent, energy and utility bills, food, and other forms of help.

Financial assistance and other non-monetary aid

Amen House - Both financial and non-financial assistance may be available. The center provides a continuously stocked food pantry that distributes groceries and food, including baby food and formula. In addition diapers may be offered, as well as a clothing closet providing seasonal appropriate clothing, household items and linens. Limited financial assistance may be offered at certain times of the week. Cash and grants may be provided for those people who are in danger of receiving utility shut offs and eviction notices if they do not get help. In addition for to pay for critical medical needs is considered. Georgetown Kentucky (502) 863-5305.

Community Service Center of Wilmore - High Bridge provides services to residents of the High Bridge, Wilmore, and Keen communities. The Center runs a food pantry, and can offer other financial aid. Some of the other services include utility and heating bill assistance, help for paying rent/mortgage assistance, and small home service, improvement, and energy conservation projects. Transportation assistance is also provided for basic needs (medicine, grocery shopping, doctor visits, etc) on a very limited, case by case basis. The non-profit can also refer people to other charities and government programs. Call (859) 858-2819

Salvation Army has several locations around the Bluegrass region and Central KY. Locations serve Scott County, Anderson, and many other locations. While the exact services will vary by location, in general the assistance from the Salvation Army is provided on a case by case basis to the low income, working poor, and needy. Services offered can include financial assistance with: rent, utilities and cooling bills, prescriptions, household items, clothes etc. A food pantry and holiday meals and assistance may also be offered. Other financial matters may be addressed as well, such as car repairs. And last, but not lease, the Salvation Army is always a great place to ask for advice. For example, learn about Kentucky HUD counseling agencies. Dial (502) 227-2638




Case managers from the Salvation Army, including in Jasmine County, will work closely with clients to address their needs. They really focus on helping people gain self-sufficiency and overcome poverty. This often comes down to either finding a job (if unemployed) or increasing income. So learn about job training and other social services in central Kentucky. Read more.

Blue Grass Community Action Partnership - This is the local community action agency. They have several programs that can help the low income, working poor, elderly, and other individuals. Call them to discuss weatherization assistance, low income energy assistance program (LIHEAP), homeless prevention programs, and a wide variety of other programs.

The non-profit community action agency provides assistance across the region, including, but not limited to the counties of Jessamine, Scott, and Bourbon. The agency processes applications for low income energy bill assistance, has information on loan programs for paying rent or bills, and other referrals. A priority is on helping the elderly in the Bluegrass Kentucky region, so they offer Elder Nutrition Program and home delivered meals among other resources. For more details on BGCAP services, call (502) 695-4290, or read more.

Scott County residents may be able to receive help from the non-profit Community Action Council. This Kentucky organization runs numerous programs and offers social services. Examples of what may be provided are as follows.

  • Free groceries and government commodities from food pantries
  • Information on energy and heating bill programs, such as LIHEAP or the Columbia Gas Energy Assistance Program
  • Housing and rent vouchers from the Continuum Of Care or the federally funded Tenant Based Rental Assistance.
  • Case management, job training, and other support.
  • Several other resources are available as well. Learn more.

Free holiday assistance is available. There are non-profits that help the unemployed, working poor, single mothers, and children in all counties, including Scott and Jessamine among others. Using donations, the charities provide toys, hot meals, Turkeys at Thanksgiving, and other gifts. Continue reading.





Low income housing - Resources range from shelter to free food for guests and transitional apartments. Homeless families, veterans and the disabled in counties such as Anderson may also be able to obtain special housing programs as well. Social workers also offer assistance in locating a new, affordable home or apartment. More.

Health care

Anderson County Health Department - Some limited health care services and exams are provided. Meet with  a medical professional to review your medical history, health risk identification, vision and hearing testing, physical examination, immunizations, health care counseling, health education, and referrals to government medical programs and other non-profit clinics. They can even have information on such options as getting help from Alliance of Claims Professionals . Lawrenceburg. (502) 839-4551

Community Medical Mission - The center is a free health clinic for uninsured, low income adult citizens of Scott County.

Jessamine Refuge Medical Clinic - Patients with no health insurance, and who meet low income poverty guidelines, can receive medical care. Programs are for residents in Jessamine County.

Faith Children's Clinic - This center, which is staffed by a medical professional, provides free medical services and health care needs for children from birth to 21 years of age who do not have medical insurance or a medical card. (502) 863-1537

Food assistance and banks

Some of the locations to pick up free or low priced food include those listed below. Many of them run the Angel Food program, which is a national food assistance program that provides anyone lower priced, yet high quality food.

  • Gano Baptist Church - A clothing and food bank is offered. (502) 863-3454
  • Bethel Harvest Church - (859) 881-3939 x219 which is in Nicholasville
  • Habitat Restore - Jessamine - Phone number (859) 881-3939 x219
  • Nicholasville Christian Church - Free food and groceries are provided, including bread and frozen meals. Call (859) 885-4311
  • Lamp and Light Ministries - Lawrenceburg Kentucky. Dial (502) 680-0151




Jessamine County Salvation Army provides support as well. A food pantry and thrift store is on site. It may have free hot meals for seniors, boxes of groceries, and Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts. Some financial assistance may be distributed too. More Jessamine County Salvation Army.

Mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention

KY Homeownership Protection Center - Speak to a counselor to get information on the foreclosure process, prevention programs that are available, utility bill assistance and home repair assistance to make smart choices and avoid losing their homes. Programs do focus on the Bluegrass area of Kentucky, but you can also get information on national mortgage assistance programs. (866) 830-7868






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