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Rental assistance Lexington and Fayette County.

Find charities, government agencies and churches across Fayette County that help pay rent or other housing expenses. The financial assistance is focused on preventing evictions in the region as well as the rehousing of residents. Qualified low income families may be able to receive security deposit help, emergency rental assistance or free legal aid in housing court. The funds may be given in the form of a free grant from the government or a charity or some tenants may be given a loan.

People that need to relocate to a more affordable home, or that are homeless, are also a priority of the organizations. To this end there may be assistance for a security deposit or free motel vouchers. Or staff from the Lexington organizations can direct a very low income family to resources such as a section 8 voucher or rent payment assistance. Some of the funds will also target those people who are most at risk if they were to be homeless, and that group can include the disabled or senior citizens among others.

With any rent programs available in Fayette County, funding is limited. A strict application process is in place, and many tenant will need to be turned away. However renters may be given referrals other charities in the region.

Christians In Community Service they only support those with no other options. Applicants need to have been denied rent or utility bill help from other agencies first. Only then may the social ministry assist, if at all possible. All requests for rental or security deposit assistance need to go through either a local church or a social worker. Christians in Community Services is based in Lexington Kentucky. Phone number is 859-268-2861.

Catholic Charities - Emergency Assistance from Bridging the Gap. Regardless of faith, there may be funds for paying back rent to stop an eviction. Or get utility bill help (to stop homelessness), storage or moving assistance, free furniture and more. Financial help for housing needs is focused on the elderly, single mothers, working poor, and even immigrants. Location is 1310 W Main St, Lexington, Kentucky 40508. Dial (859) 253-3339. Various social services are administered.

Community Action Council – There are several offices around Fayette County. The non-profit will refer low income families to government grants or any number of rental or financial aid programs. Some may help with housing needs, such as rent, or other expenses. Each office of the agency is focused on people from the immediate area.

 

 

 

  • Fayette West Neighborhood Center - 1902 Cambridge Drive in Lexington. Dial (859) 246-1192.
  • Russel School area has a center at 520 Toner Street. The main number is (859) 554-4350.
  • The southern part of the city of Lexington is supported by an office on Centre Parkway. Phone - (859) 273-6395.
  • West End location - (859) 244-2215
  • Winburn Center – Dial (859) 294-5249.
  • The main administrative office is at 710 West High St., Lexington, Kentucky, 40508 (859) 233-4600. Or more on Fayette County Community Action Council.

Community & Resident Tenant Services operates an emergency service, including homeless prevention. Main address is 498 Georgetown St., Lexington, KY 40508. Dial (859) 300-5300. They operate the EFA program. Appointments are needed. If funding allows, there may be emergency money to pay for bills, rent, housing costs and more. All of this can help tenants with an eviction notice or struggling families.

Salvation Army Social Services has multiple centers in the county. As funding allows, emergency rent help may be given to income qualified tenants. There is also a free homeless shelter, maybe motel vouchers, case management and other programs. Rent help is limited with income qualification in place. The main location is at 736 West Main Street, Lexington, KY 40508, phone (859) 252-7706.

Lighthouse Ministries is at 190 Spruce St, Lexington, Kentucky 40507. Rent and other financial help is only available if the person has a referral from a social worker. They help the poor, unemployed and those in need. Call (859) 259-3434.

Lex-Care is an all volunteer organization that tries to help the less fortunate in Fayette County. The location is Lexington, Kentucky 40588. The You can Make a Difference program will offer support, including a grant for housing needs or rent, to a few people from Fayette County. Speak to a social worker to apply for rent help from this service. Email is lexcare.org@gmail.com, or try (859) 699-9859

 

 

 

 

Legal Aid of Blue-Grass has free attorneys that try to help renters that have eviction or pay or quit notices. The main office is 498 Georgetown St, Lexington, Kentucky 40508. Lawyers help with civil legal matters, including on evictions. Also, they will address unsafe housing in the region. The legal assistance is free for the low income as well as elderly. Telephone: (859) 233-4556.

ROSM - Resource Office Of Social Ministries - Main address - 3100 Tates Creek Road , Lexington, KY 40502. This is another faith based charity that requires a referral from a social worker or church. Loans may be issued as well as other forms of rent or emergency mortgage help. Call (859) 685-3245. The goal is to prevent homelessness in the area.

Lexington Rescue Mission will have occasional rental or security deposit help from 444 Glen Arvin Ave, Lexington, Kentucky 40508. Phone - (859) 381-9600. Transitional housing is on site. Some former clients can get security deposit or funds to help pay first months rent - if the Fayette County home or apartment is sustainable. There may be free furniture as well.

Maxwell Street Presbyterian has rent or utility assistance, mortgage payment help, clothes or free furniture for tenants and other services. The charity is at 180 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508. For information on the program as well as any funding for rental arrears or housing, dial (859)233-0723

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority offers HUD section 8 vouchers as well as other housing services. When the waiting list is open, very low income families can apply for subsidies from section 8. This is a federally service that charges rent based on income. Or learn about public housing or low income apartments from the agency or emergency vouchers. Address: 300 W New Cir Rd, Lexington, KY 40505, call (859) 281-5060.

Lexington Fair Housing Council helps residents who face housing discrimination. There is also tenant/landlord mediation and information on laws and regulations for renters. Many of the assistance programs support minorities, seniors, the disabled and single moms from 207 East Reynolds Road, Lexington, KY 40517. Call (859)971-8067

Eviction programs and rehousing services are used to prevent homelessness. When a tenant has a pay or quit notice from their landlord, then they can apply for government grants for housing costs. There may be money for rent, assistance for veterans, deposit help and even programs such as motel vouchers. Find more eviction help in Fayette County.

Volunteers of America only helps veterans. There are grants for rent or mortgages, motel vouchers, case management and other programs as part of Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Housing stability and budgeting is offered too from 210 Malabu Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40502. Call (859) 254-3469

 

 

 

 

Referrals to Fayette County non-profits
Dial 859-313-5465. One program, known as Emergency Solution Grants, may offer money for back rent or a deposit. Federal government grants are available, and once they have been used up no other assistance is available.

First Key Program helps low income Lexington area families purchase a home and move out of a rental. Low cost loans, closing cost or moving assistance, financial counseling and more is from 733 Red Mile Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40505. Phone (859)455-8057.

AVOL Kentucky only supports people with HIV or AIDs. Call (859) 225-3000. Whether grants for rent or moving into safe and affordable housing, or information on medical services, financial aid is offered. Keeping HIV - AIDs people housed is a focus. The non-profit operates from 365 Waller Avenue, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

By Jon McNamara

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