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Gateway Community Action Agency programs.

Gateway Community Action Agency is one of the leading agencies that struggling residents contact for help in a crisis, as well as for more long term case management. There are numerous services administered, ranging from Senior Care to rent help from TBRA. The non-profit covers the counties of Rowan, Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, and Morgan.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP, applications are processed by Gateway. This federal funded resource provides supplemental food for eligible residents of Menifee, Montgomery, Bath, Morgan, and Rowan Counties.

Any applicants that meet income requirements are placed on a waiting list until a slot becomes available. When a client is selected as a recipient of free groceries they may claim a box of Commodity foods each month from the Gateway Community Action Agency office, until they are deemed to be ineligible.

Poverty fighting services are part of the Federal Community Service Block Grant. This provides the agency with flexible funding to be used to support activities that reduce poverty in communities. It will address issues related to employment, and also assist low-income, elderly, migrant, and seasonal farm workers. If needed, CSBG can be used to pay for education, housing, emergency services, and health care.

Senior Care is a CSBG-funded service for residents. It is for people aged 55 and older, who are in need of help with paying utility bills or other support. It is available in Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, or Rowan County. Senior care can also help clients with obtaining non-narcotic prescription medications, and/or other necessary items or services, however funding is limited and this program is limited in scope.

Case management is required from applicants, as this will help people truly benefit from the services provided by the Gateway Self Sufficiency Program. Clients must be willing to work as a team with the Outreach Worker toward making positive changes in their lives and become self-sufficient.





As part of this process, services include information about and referral to various resources and programs; goal and milestone-setting; job training; advocacy; and financial support based on a needs assessment. In addition, the Outreach Worker provides encouragement and ongoing guidance as the individual works toward achieving his or her goals.

The Kentucky Career Center JobSight can help people find, and access, a rewarding career or new job. Staff from the community action agency and Kentucky Center will help people start their career plans, and all this is done for free. Services may be enrollment into paid work experience, Interviewing skills, help with job searches, access to training opportunities, and ongoing advice.

The Gateway Head Start Program works with the expectation that every student enrolled is provided with the opportunity to be successful in school. They are given the ability to gain the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to enter Kindergarten ready to learn and to achieve long-term success. The resources meet the needs of the community through a systemic approach that addresses medical, educational, and other support.

Financial assistance from Gateway

TBRA - Tenant-Based Rental Assistance grants may be used to assist with making monthly rent and utility bill payments for tenants. They need to be very low income, generally with an income level at 60 percent or below the area median, and there are other guidelines in place by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The participant will also need to pay a portion of their income towards rent.

The Columbia Gas Energy Assistance Program, or EAP, provides funds to eligible customers in Montgomery or Bath County. The cash grants are intended for any resident who is in need of help with home energy or heating bills, and participants are not required to be Columbia Natural Gas customers and they can use any utility company. When Gateway CAA accepts an EAP application, or a current program participant completes a yearly re-certification, funds are allocated to that household for their bills.

Another option from Gateway is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program, and this makes use of federal funding to help eligible low-income households as well as senior citizens in Kentucky stay warm in the winter. It works by providing assistance with heating bill payments or with energy crisis situations. The program runs from November through March of each year, with the goal of keeping people healthy, warm and safe, as well as to avoid eviction and homelessness.





Weatherization Assistance is federally funded too, and provides improvements and updates to the homes of low-income consumers in counties such as Rowan and Montgomery. It has the aim of reducing home energy consumption, and therefore bills. It will also enhance home health, comfort, and safety.

Staff from Gateway Community Action Agency may repair or replace heating equipment, patch roofs, add extra weather-stripping and/or door-sweeps, and install smoke detectors too. This is for Bath County and all other regions.

The God’s Shelter is offered as a collaboration between Gateway CAA and the Mt. Sterling Ministerial Association. This program provides either a loan or other forms of limited financial assistance. The money is used for rent or housing costs, and is for qualifying residents of Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Rowan, and Bath Counties. A higher benefit amount may be paid out for other expenses, until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.

The main offices of Gateway Community Action Agency are as follows. Dial Dial 606-743-3133 or 1-800-927-1833.

  • Bath County is at 108 Gudgell St., Owingsville, Kentucky 40367
  • Menifee County center is at Bible Camp Ln., Frenchburg, KY 40322.
  • Montgomery County - 103 Bruce Professional Plaza, Ste. A, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353.
  • Morgan County - 151 University Dr., West Liberty, KY 41472
  • Rowan County office - 136 Lee Ave. Ste. E, Morehead, KY 40351.


By Jon McNamara

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