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Eviction prevention and homeless assistance programs in Kentucky.

Relying on federal government funding, non-profits in Kentucky can help qualified residents that are facing eviction from their home or that are currently homeless. The government Emergency Solutions Grant program is available on an annual basis in most counties across the state, and find where to apply for homeless prevention and rapid rehousing in Kentucky. The exact terms and what is administered by each organization will vary and often change throughout the year.

While resources are limited and conditions are in place, families facing imminent eviction may be able to qualify for one time rent help. Currently homeless individuals may be placed into shelters or transitional housing units. There is also funding available to help pay for the security deposit on a new, low income approved home or apartment, after the applicant has been stabilized.

Financial help to stop homelessness or rehousing residents

Since the goal is on stopping future evictions, of course a key focus is on keeping people housed in the first place. This is both better for the family and even less expensive for the state of Kentucky. Financial aid or services that may be offered from ESG or the Continuum of Care includes some or all of the following.

  • Emergency financial assistance or grants may be issued to pay back rent. This is in high demand, and resources will be very limited.
  • Housing specialists or pro-bono attorneys may coordinate landlord / tenant mediation or provide free legal aid on a tenants rights when it comes to an eviction notice.
  • Case management and workshops on topics such as credit counseling or employment.
  • Receive referrals to charities, subsidized rental housing (such as section 8 vouchers), and government benefits.
  • Information on other alternatives, such as no interest loans from non-profits based in Kentucky.
  • Short term housing, such as emergency shelters or transitional homes/apartments. Find a list of free overnight homeless shelters near you.




Clients and applicants will also need to participate in case management services. This will almost always be a requirement in order to receive any type of aid or grant from a Kentucky agency. As part of this process, social workers will offer guidance and support to homeless and low income families.

Case management can include legal aid as well. Tenants, or homeowners, can get advice from pro-bono law firms and free attorneys in Kentucky. They can help mediate solutions with landlords or mortgage holders, represent tenants in housing court to contest an eviction notice, and also assist with applications for financial aid or low cost housing.

The process will involve workshops, classes, and sessions that include everything from credit counseling to budgeting and job placement. The reason this is required as if the family or individual does not obtain financial stability and can't pay the rent on their own in the future, then there is limited reason or resources to help them now. The ESG program is not intended to be a never ending charity type program. After the individual is self-sufficient, ongoing case management is also provided by many non-profits.

In some cases, homeowners may qualify for help as part of ESG. Certain agencies in Kentucky coordinate foreclosure counseling or offer mortgage help. The reason this is available is because the state works to prevent homelessness for current homeowners as well.

Resources for the homeless in Kentucky

Helping the homeless find a new home or apartment to live in is also offered by the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. Staff from various charities will engage the homeless that are living on the street, refer them to shelters, and more. The goal is to rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families.







To this end, there may be funds to pay a security deposit, application fee, or even a portion of first month's rent. Once someone is housed in a new home, as noted above, they will need to take part in preventive programs and services in an effort to stop any future eviction.

Non-profits for programs to rehouse the homeless or help with evictions

Counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne
Potentials, Inc., (606) 416-5711

Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalf, Monroe, and Simpson Counties
Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc., dial (270) 781-9334

Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, Woodford County
Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Inc., (800) 544-2022

Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, McCracken
Women Aware, Inc., main phone (270) 443-6001

Counties of Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, and Rowan
Gateway Homeless Coalition, Inc., telephone number is (606) 784-2668

Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, Grant, Gallatin, Owen, Carroll
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, telephone (859) 581-6607. Various grant, housing, and homeless assistance resources are administered. Or try Brighton Center, Inc., (859) 491-8303.

Clay, Jackson, Laurel, and Rockcastle County
Daniel Boone Community Action Agency, Inc., main phone (606) 598-5127

Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton County
Independent Living Options, Inc., (859) 341-4346

Boyd, Greenup, Lawrence, Carter, and Elliott County
City of Ashland on behalf of Shelter of Hope or the Salvation Army, dial (606) 324-7175

Breathitt, Lee, Wolfe, Owsley, Leslie, Letcher, Knott, and Perry County
Kentucky River Community Care, Inc., (606) 666-9006

Bullitt County
Shepherd's Shelter, Inc., (502) 904-0256

Christian County
The Salvation Army of Hopkinsville, telephone number is (270) 885-9633

Christian, Crittenden, Muhlenberg, and Trigg County
Pennyroyal Center, Inc., (270) 886-2205





Clark, Estill, Powell, and Madison County
City of Richmond Emergency Shelter, (859) 623-1000
Another contact is the Clark County Community Services, call (859) 744-5034
Or try the Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc., (859) 624-2046

Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster
Boulware Mission, Inc.. Call the non-profit at (270) 683-8267 for information on rent help or eviction prevention services.

Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike County
Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, Inc., call (606) 789-3641
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, main phone (606) 886-8572

Franklin County
Frankfort Resource Office for Social Ministries, Inc. (ROSM), (502) 875-4062

Franklin, Anderson, Henry, Owen, Scott, Shelby, and Woodford Counties
Simon House, telephone (502) 223-2138

Counties of Henderson, Union, Webster, Daviess
Shelter for Women and Children, (270) 830-8063

Kenton, Campbell, Boone County
Transitions, Inc., (859) 491-4435
Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc., main phone (859) 431-8717

Knox County
KCEOC Community Action Partnership, (606) 546-3152

Lee and Owsley County
Beattyville Housing and Development Corporation, Inc., (606) 464-5031

Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas Counties
Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, telephone (859) 233-4600

Lewis County
People's Self-Help Housing, Inc., (606) 796-6333

Logan County
Jesus Community Center, Inc., (270) 726-8547

Madison County
Hope's Wings, Inc., (859) 623-4095

McCracken County
Paducah Cooperative Ministries, Inc., (270) 442-6795





Monroe, Allen, Barren Metcalfe County
Community Outreach, Inc., (270) 487-6883

Oldham County
Good News Shelter, (502) 225-0351

Trimble County
Good News Shelter Corporation, (502) 225-0351

By Jon McNamara

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