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Madison County Kentucky assistance programs.

Get help with paying bills (utility or medical); free food or clothes; housing assistance (for rent, security deposits or mortgages) and other financial aid in Madison County. Find the churches, charities, and non-profits to apply at for help in both Richmond as well as the entire county. Whether it is a cash grant, or information on free job programs, gasoline vouchers, or even debt counseling, find where and how to get assistance.

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is a community action agency that is committed to the promise of providing short term assistance to people and changing/improving lives over the long term. The  agency offers a comprehensive range of resources and services for both families and individuals. The organization is also referred to as Foothills Community Action Partnership, and you may often here that name.

Some of the programs offered include :

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP):
This is a federal government funded program that assists low and moderate income consumers with paying their heating and energy bills during the winter's coldest months. This federal government assistance program provides annual cash grants to states that operate home energy assistance programs that serve needy households.

If you are qualified or want to learn more, you can apply for assistance to help with your energy costs through one of Foothills Outreach Offices. Foothills urges individuals dealing with short-term financial difficulties or challenges, senior citizens on fixed incomes, and any low or moderate income persons who may need help paying their winter heating bills to apply for the LIHEAP assistance program.

Grants and benefits provided are limited to the amount of money necessary to relieve the crisis or get the bill paid, or $400, whichever is greater. In addition, if approved for aid, the cash and relief can be provided within 48 hours, or in extreme emergencies, within 18 hours of when the application is approved. Click here to find a listing of more Kentucky energy assistance resources.




Rental Assistance Program
The Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program will provide qualified individuals and families who are facing an eviction or currently homeless with aid. The program provides rental assistance, utility bill allowance (if qualifies), security deposit assistance, case management, transportation, medical bill assistance, budget/credit classes, educational assistance, food aid, heating/cooling bill assistance, help for utility bills, GED preparation and referrals.

Health Care Clinic
Provides free medical care to the local homeless population. Find additional ways to get medical bill assistance.

Weatherization Program
This will help families save money by improving their home's energy efficiency. The goal is to reduce reduce both heating and cooling costs. Community action agency staff will analyze the home's energy efficiency. They may decide to install, for free, additional insulation and weather stripping, or take other measures which will reduce a family's heating and cooling bill while at the same time increasing their comfort level.

Outreach and basic needs are met by the community action agency. This includes emergency assistance when someone is faced with a crisis. Outreach staff and volunteers strive to make sure that each qualified low income family that comes in leaves with basic needs met, whether helping by paying a portion of a past-due utility bill, distributing food, or credit counseling and helping people create a budget.





Senior assistance is offered. This can include meal preparation and home delivered food, transportation, household chores and grooming, help for running errands, and companionship.

Contact Foothills Community Action Partnership at 123 Pine Street, Richmond, KY phone number 859/623-6514 to learn about these and other assistance programs.

Other emergency aid in Madison Kentucky

Richmond Kentucky Salvation Army - Offers guidance and more to Madison County families. The non-profit provides clothing vouchers, free food baskets and financial assistance with rent, electric, gas and water bills. The center and its case workers also offer referrals to connect people with other services and public aid that can help in time of need. 1675 E. Main St., Richmond, Kentucky 40475, call (859) 624-5826, or learn more on Madison County Kentucky Salvation Army assistance.

Madison County Health Department offers a range of free or low cost, basic preventive health services for adults and children. These medical services are available through their community health centers, public health insurance, community clinics, and also the diabetes programs. Patients may need to still pay a portion of their medical bills from sliding fee scales in place. 216 Boggs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475, 859-623-7312

Department for Community Based Services in Madison provides government and public aid, including a Food Stamp application site, get information on Medicaid, TANF program, and more. You can apply for these programs there, or get details on them. Also learn about free health care for children. 623-1310

Transitional and short term housing can give the homeless a place to stay and offer case management. Support is also for those facing eviction and other low income families. Receive help in the form of a safe, affordable home or apartment to lie in, case management, and other forms of housing assistance in Madison County Kentucky. Read more.

Rental assistance programs can help low income tenants as well as the working poor. The goal is to both rehouse a homeless person and also pro-actively make a payment to stop an eviction. Everything from deposit to rent payments, cash grants, energy bill help, and other resources are offered. More on rent help in Madison County.

Meals, food and gifts are available to children and low income families during Christmas. The elderly as well as homebound also often get help during this season. Find agencies to call for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas assistance in Madison County. Read Madison County holiday assistance.

Community Action Council can help the low income meet their basic needs. Case managers will also partner with clients to help them overcome any challenge. the non-profit is a leading anti-poverty organization in Madison and other counties.





Some short term financial assistance may be available or obtain referrals to government grants. For example, get help in applying for the Kentucky Utilities Home Energy Assistance or LIHEAP. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program can help with filing taxes. Free food and groceries may be available as well. Get more details on assistance offered by the council. Click here.

Food, clothing, holiday meals and gifts are offered by pantries and clothing closets. Some centers include:

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 1285 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond KY 40475, 623-7254
  • St. Mark Catholic Church, which can be called at 623-2989.
  • Lexington Road Church of God is in Richmond Kentucky. Dial 624-8323 for hours. A screening process is in place.
  • God's Outreach pantry covers the county. Address is 1512 E Main St, Richmond, KY 40475. Dial (859) 623-2220.


By Jon McNamara

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