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Boone County Kentucky assistance programs.

Low income families can get emergency financial help for rent, utility or energy bills, free food, and other living expenses. Find how churches in Boone County, as well as charities and the government CHFS office, can provide cash grants, loans, and other forms of support to struggling households. There is also medical and dental care in the region, including free dental clinics for the low income.

Everything from one time financial assistance in Florence and the county as well as job programs, free gasoline vouchers, clothing, and other support is given by the government or charities. Or find resources such as free food or Christmas toys, hot meals, back to school supplies as well as homeless shelters.

Get emergency financial help for bills, rent, and other costs in Boone County

United Ministries, which is located in nearby Erlanger, may be able to offer help to individuals of families who are facing an eviction or disconnection of their utility service. They also have a summer fan program, food bank, clothing, and holiday assistance. Another focus is on providing prescription medications and health care equipment. Call (859) 727-0300, or find more United Ministries Boone County assistance programs.

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, Inc. covers the entire northern part of the state, and they offer numerous low income services and programs.

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - A federal government program that offers a subsidy to qualified individuals. It in effect will provide a credit or payment to a household’s primary heating source and utility company, including bulk fuel vendors. The energy bill assistance program is available based on the household’s total household income, and no disconnection notice is needed to apply for help.
  • Free prescription medications - The community action agency may be able to assist qualified low to moderate income clients who have no prescription drug coverage obtain free prescription medications and drugs. Individuals and families with Medicare Part D plans may also be eligible for help. Find other ways to get free prescriptions.




  • Free food - Can free food from such programs as The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Emergency Food Pantries, as well as The Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
  • Utility and rent help - Through a partnership and network of neighborhood centers, the community action agency NKCAC provides a variety of rental assistance services, including help with paying rent, heating bills and utilities.
  • Employment and education - For the unemployed or underemployed in Boone County, NKCAC may be able to refer them to job training or related services.
  • Weatherization - Get free energy conserving updates to your home. The improvements can save homeowners hundreds of dollars per year on utility bills.

You can reach the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, Inc. at (859) 586-9250 or (859) 581-6607. Click more information on Northern Kentucky Community Action Agency assistance programs.

St. Vincent De Paul - This non-profit provides temporary financial assistance and other forms of aid and support, including prescription medications. The charity also has a thrift shop, food bank in Boone County, information on government programs, and much more. Call (859) 341-3219, or read St. Vincent Boone County.





Boone County Department of Children and Family Services is the Social Service agency that provides government grants, public aid, job programs and other resources. Most of this is for the very low income, poor, disabled, elderly and others. A number of public assistance programs are offered, and they include SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers.

There are Medicaid and SSI disability applications, section 8 housing vouchers, elder care, and TANF temporary cash aid. Other resources may be offered as well by the DCFS Social Services agency at 8311 US-42, Florence, Kentucky 41042. Call (859) 371-8832, or find other public assistance in KY.

Kenton County Catholic Charities is part of the diocese that serves the entire region. Social workers can provide some direct aid and refer qualified residents to other resources. Some examples of the services provide in Burlington Kentucky and nearby areas include free food, hot meals, and housing assistance. This can include information on emergency rental assistance or foreclosure prevention. Other assistance includes credit repair, budgeting, and referrals to programs such as food stamps. Continue with Boone and Kenton County Catholic Charities.

Salvation Army social services in northern Kentucky and Boone County help the poor, low income, and elderly (among others). There are several assistance programs offered. There is (1) free stuff (food, Christmas toys, school supplies, summer camp, etc.).  Another service, (2), will be emergency financial help for bills, rent, mortgage payments or medications. Or (3) get access to homeless shelters, case management, free counseling and more. Other resources are offered too. More on Salvation Army Boone County KY.

Volunteers of America in Kentucky offers housing resources in the Burlington region and the county. They may have transitional units, emergency rental assistance, shelter, and case management. A focus is on families with young children, the elderly, and least fortunate. Learn more on VOA of Kentucky assistance programs.

Jewish Services of Boone County and the region - While resources are limited, and often come with conditions, the charity organization may have funds for medications, housing or rent costs, loans for emergencies such as car repairs and other bills. However, more likely is non-financial support, such as care for seniors, free food or personal hygiene items, social services, and respite for caregivers in the Boone County and nearby towns. Continue with Jewish service programs.

Shoulder To Shoulder is a poverty fighting agency. They work to help the poor, give referrals to financial aid, social services and other assistance. The main address is 3152 Dixie Hwy, Erlanger, KY 41018 (Phone: (859) 371-0444) as well as 51 Cavalier Blvd, Florence, KY 41012 (phone (859) 371-0444).

Places for free or low cost goods and food

Hebron Church of Christ - Runs a food pantry for the low income. Phone (859) 689-4341

Boone County Freestore Foodbank provides assistance in the greater metropolitan area of Kentucky and Ohio. Groceries, non-perishable items, and free holiday meals are combined with financial support for rent and utility bills to stop eviction. Much of this is in the form of referrals to partner agencies, however case managers can also provide applications to grants for paying security deposits, food stamps. and other aid. Read more on programs from Freestore Foodbank.







Boone County free food, soup kitchens and applications to benefits are available from pantries. There are a number of charities as well as human service offices that administer these services. Low income families can receive everything from a meal at Christmas, a free box of groceries, or even items such as clothing or school supplies from a non-profit food bank. Locate the Boone County Kentucky free food pantries.

Free basic needs from non-profits - Low income families and those facing an emergency in Boone County Kentucky can get help from clothing closets, free furniture banks and thrift stores. They may offer vouchers to pay for items ranging from work or school uniforms to winter jackets, boots, hats, and gloves. Other items sometimes available may be furniture, kitchen appliances and household supplies. More on Boone County school supplies, furniture and clothing closets.

Hope Ministries of Northern Kentucky offers food, clothing and small housewares by appointment only to qualified low income Boone County residents. The charity which is located in Florence and can be reached at (859) 371-1887


By Jon McNamara

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