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Beshear announces more eviction relief for Lexington

Community Action Council

Governor Andy Beshear was in Lexington Tuesday to shore up the city’s housing relief funds, which have so far served one out of every 18 renter households in Fayette County. WUKY’s Arlo Barnette reports.

As a way to help Kentuckians get through inflation and high prices brought about by the crisis in Ukraine, the Governor announced Lexington will get an additional $11.7M to assist people struggling to pay rent.

The Community Action Council has been responsible for operating Lexington’s Housing Stabilization Program since October. Executive Director Sharon Price said their initial aggressive goal was to deliver $500,000 of support a week back to the community.

Price said nearly all of about 30 initially-temporary staff members hired to help handle the money have now been hired as permanent, full-time staff members.

The relaunched Healthy At Home Eviction Relief Fund has now paid out almost $120M to nearly 26,000 renters. The average for the program has been $4,639 per household in rent and utility assistance. Eligible tenants and landlords are encouraged to apply for the remaining $55.9M in housing relief. Beshear says the same type of support is also now available for homeowners through the Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund.