Kentucky Volunteers of America assistance programs.

Families in Kentucky that are facing eviction, or individuals that are now homeless, may be able to receive assistance from the regional Volunteers of America organization. The non-profits offers resources that can assist those that are behind on their rent, homeless families, the disabled, children, single parents, and others.

Qualified clients will receive case management, housing, classes and workshops to enhance life skills and more. All of the services are aimed at helping people achieve the goals of affordable, safe, and also permanent housing. Long term self-sufficiency and stability is the objective of Volunteers of America.

Eviction Prevention is available in the greater Louisville Kentucky region. This resource will stabilize individuals and families that are currently living in Housing Authority Properties. Financial assistance can be issued to pay their rent. Other services include landlord mediation, crisis intervention, and collaborations with other local non-profit and government service providers. Phone (502) 568-1438.

Mentally ill, chemically dependent, or dually diagnosed residents may receive help from the Volunteers of America’s Collaborative Housing Initiative. Many agencies and social service groups in Kentucky worked with Volunteers of America to create this. The organization will offer a permanent housing option that includes a rental subsidy and case management. (502) 636-0816.

Louisville Family Emergency Shelter provides a safe environment for families who are homeless due to any number of factors. The Volunteers of America run shelter will serve the entire family, including parents and children. It offers clients and the homeless with housing placement, individualized case management, and other social services. All of this will help families transition back to the greater Jefferson County community and become self-sufficient. Get more details by calling (502) 636-0816.

Transitional housing is offered in Jefferson County Kentucky. The Volunteers of America’s Lexington Family Housing Program is neighborhood-based, scattered-site short term transitional housing program for marginally-housed families and the homeless. It is operated in cooperation with the Lexington Housing Authority. Among aid offered is a housing voucher to pay for a 12-month lease. Participants will also receive case management services that includes setting goals such as enrolling in school, securing permanent housing, finding full time employment, and child care. Phone number is (859) 254-3469.




Or look into Family Transitional Housing. This offers qualified families a place to live for up to two years after leaving the emergency shelter. Call (859) 254-3469 in Lexington or (502) 634-5598 in Louisville.

In addition to above, Family Follow Up is often combined with that. This is a Volunteers of America Program that serves homeless families in Kentucky who are transitioning from homelessness into long term, stable, and permanent housing. Clients will be provided information on security deposit assistance programs, rent help, and more.

Follow Up for Success is also for the ill or disabled. Assistance is available for those that satisfy the HUD definition of homeless. The local program provides counseling, up to six months of case management, goal setting and short term financial assistance to pay for housing-related start-up expenses. This can include security deposits or first months rent. Call (502) 634-5500.

Senior Housing is arranged by the Kentucky Volunteers of America. The non-profit provides affordable, permanent, and safe housing for low-income seniors. This is available at a couple complexes in the Louisville Kentucky area. The two centers are Spanish Cove (phone (502) 491-3610) as well as South Oaks (dial (502) 995-4497). The nearby Woodgreen Apartments are for seniors with a disability. Dial (502) 361-8859.





Permanent Supportive Housing is available for women with physical and/or mental disabilities who are homeless. With the long term goal of re-integration back into the community, the housing program offers safe homes and apartments for them as well as access to community resources. Note that any domestic violence survivors receive priority. Main number is (859) 254-3469.

Homeless prevention and rent assistance is offered for veterans. This uses funding and grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Volunteer of America Supportive Services for Veteran Families, or SSVF, offers financial support, eviction prevention, and case management for veterans and their families in the Lexington, Louisville and Ashland Kentucky areas.

Staff from the SSVF program also connect members of the military and veterans with benefits such as health care services, vocational and rehabilitation counseling, job training and educational assistance, transportation, child care, free legal assistance and other social services. The numbers to call are  Lexington ((859) 254-3469); Louisville ((502) 566-9700) and also Ashland ((606) 474-0200).

The non-profit also runs a Developmental Disability Services program. This operates in Kenton, Boone, and Campbell County. Some other counties in Northern Kentucky may also be included. The Volunteer of America program help individuals with developmental disabilities live healthy, safe and engaged lives. Services offered include, but are not limited to, transportation, health care coordination, and home care group homes. (859) 372-5600.



By Jon McNamara

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