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Public assistance in Jefferson County Kentucky.

While most of the government assistance is administered at the state of Kentucky and federal government level, your local Neighborhood Place center in Jefferson County can also provide some public aid, or help you apply for resources when applicable.

Get help buying healthy food at participating stores in the county from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP/food stamps. This federal government created program helps people with little income, or no money at all, pay for their groceries and perishable items.

The Kentucky Division of Family Support is responsible for overseeing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at the state level, however you can apply at your local Jefferson County Neighborhood Center or Department for Community Based Services office.

A similar food assistance program is called WIC, or Women, Infants and Children. This nutrition program helps new mothers, pregnant women and young children eat well, stay healthy, and even learn about proper nutrition. WIC provides healthy food, formula, and more services to children under the age of 5, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and others. WIC can provide food, breastfeeding education, assistance, and breast pumps, referrals to other local health and medical services in Louisville as well as nutrition information. All services, including food and meals, from WIC services are free to those Jefferson County families who qualify.

Utility bill assistance, including heating and cooling costs, can be paid for by the LIHEAP Kentucky program. Thousands of Jefferson County families and seniors get help with paying their bills every year from the Kentucky LIHEAP program. If you are faced with a disconnection this program has crisis funds too.

The state and county Child Care Assistance Program can help with payment for child care expenses. Any public assistance is offered on a sliding scale fee basis for eligible parents/guardians, so you only pay what you can afford. The goal is to help families find or keep a job.





Another partner organization is the Louisville Metro Housing Authority, and the government organization’s mission is to provide affordable, safe and high quality housing for those in need of help. It can also assist residents in their efforts to achieve financial independence and stability, and the housing authority works with other non-profits and government organizations.

Neighborhood Place centers across Jefferson County and Louisville can also provide individuals with help in applying for public assistance, they offer social services, and other aid to the needy and low income. Examples of resources offered are below.

  • Emergency financial assistance for expenses such as food, medication, rent/homeless prevention and more.
  • Case workers provide screening for public and state aid such as Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program (KTAP).
  • Medicaid, prescription drugs, Medicare, Medical Card/KCHIP, and lists of public health clinics.
  • SNAP Food Stamps.
  • Family Case-Management Services.
  • Referral and assessment in a variety of areas including employment and job training. Receive information on and linkage to employment/training opportunities.
  • Social services such as domestic violence support, help dealing with behavioral and academic problems, and other mental health concerns.
  • Some centers run a medical clinic for Immunizations, Head Lice Checks, TB Skin Tests, and Pregnancy Tests and child abuse prevention.
  • Community Coordinated Child Care Services (4 C's)
  • Perinatal Case Management and the Healthy Start Initiative.
  • Cash assistance from KTAP - Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program.
  • WIC - Women's, Infant's and Children's Nutritional Program, Baby Store, and other food assistance.

Some of the places to apply for government support or public assistance in Jefferson County are below.




908 West Broadway, L & N Building, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, Phone (502) 595-4238
South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave, Louisville, KY 40215, dial (502) 485-7130
Cane Run Neighborhood Place is located at 3410 Lees Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40216, dial (502) 485-6824


By Jon McNamara

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