Kentucky Caucus Information

Caucus Meeting Information

UPCOMING CAUCUS MEETINGS:

  • Tues. June 29 – 9am – Noon via ZOOM – contact jackie@fahe.org for Link/Password
  • Tues. October 19

4/29/21 – Caucus Call on American Rescue Plan, documents:

4/24/2021 – Spring Retreat Update – Cassie Hudson


5/14/21 – KHC 2022 Multifamily Housing Credit App Opens

2022 Multifamily Housing Credit Application Opens May 14, 2021


Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) will open the Universal Funding Application for the 2022 competitive Housing Credit funding round on Friday, May 14, 2021, with an application due date of noon ET on Thursday, August 19, 2021.  
KHC is also making the following gap funding available to Housing Credit applicants:

  • $2,500,000 – HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
  • $1,500,000 – Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF)
  • $2,000,000 – National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) – restricted to developments with project-based rental assistance serving households at 30% AMI or below

4/29/2021 – HHCK – AmeriCorps & AmeriCorps VISTA Positions still available!

We have 39 direct service AmeriCorps slots open for the 2021-2022 program year that begins on August 1st, 2021. We welcome site applications from any nonprofit, government agency, and faith-based organization that can demonstrate its capacity to host a national service member.  Applications due May 5. For guidance on the application and the application materials, please visit our website.  Questions? Contact Caitlin Bottoms, AmeriCorps Program Director, or schedule a time to talk with our staff to see how our program can make an impact in the community your organization serves!

VISTA Project Spots Still Available! please review the VISTA project guidance to learn more about VISTA and understand how to apply before completing the new project application. Questions? Contact Caitlin Bottoms, AmeriCorps Program Director

Federal Funds Available for those most affected by floods:

Most Impacted by Severe Flooding Kentuckians in Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin and Powell counties can now receive federal funding to help recover from the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Feb. 27 to March 14, 2021, after President Joe Biden granted Kentucky a Major Disaster Declaration on Friday. Assistance includes grants for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other disaster-related needs.

Private, nonprofit organizations that provided emergency work as well as repair and replacements of damaged facilities may be eligible for cost sharing in the following counties: Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Cumberland, Elliott, Floyd, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Magoffin, Marion, Martin, Mason, Morgan, Ohio, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle and Wolf.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties should: Register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Online: www.DisasterAssistance.gov By phone: 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Collect necessary documentation  Have your Social Security number, insurance information, damage information, bank information and contact information ready when applying for assistance. You should register with FEMA even if you have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but if you are under-insured, you may receive help after your insurance claim is settled.

KHC Public Comment Periods:

The 2021 Consolidated Annual Action Plan for Kentucky’s Block Grant Housing Programs is available for public comment from Monday, April 12, 2021, through Friday, May 14, 2021.

The Annual Action Plan is the Commonwealth’s application and distribution plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) Programs (CDBG, ESG, HOME, HOPWA, and HTF). Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) and the Department for Local Government are the agencies responsible for submission of the plan to HUD.

Kentucky has drafted the Annual Action Plan and is receiving written comments to obtain public input. Written comments will be accepted, and where applicable, will be incorporated into the document. The plan covers the period of July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

The Annual Action Plan is available for review online at KHC’s website at https://www.kyhousing.org/Planning-Documents/Pages/Consolidated-Plan.aspx. Please send written comments to corpplanreport@kyhousing.org.


April 1, 2021 ***TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY*** From Vanessa Haste, Fahe’s Vice President, Kentucky Access To Recovery:

I want to share an exciting opportunity that may be of interest to your organization. Fahe has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health to administer Disaster Resilience funds in 21disaster impacted Kentucky counties. Funding for this program is currently approved through September 30th, 2021.

The Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health Disaster Resilience (KDBHDR) program will assist individuals who have been effected by a weather related disaster from 2019 to present. Recipients are referred to the program via Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) who have also partnered with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health. The three referring organizations are: Mountain Comprehensive Care, Kentucky River Comprehensive Care, & Cumberland River Behavioral Health. These three agencies will refer program clients from Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle, Whitley, and Wolfe counties who are eligible for the program.

The KDBHDR program is currently recruiting organizations in these counties for the program’s approved Vendor list. That Vendor list will be provided to program clients who will select a Vendor for needed services. Vendors will provide services for disaster relief such as general home repair and rehab, roof repair, driveway/culvert repair, broken windows, temporary housing, replacement clothing/work supplies, etc.

  • Please note:
  • This opportunity is not limited to Fahe Members. All organizations interested in becoming a Vendor for the program must sign up and be approved.
  • Being approved as a Vendor does not guarantee being selected by a client to provide services. Neither Fahe or the KDBHDR program have any influence over a client’s selection from the Vendor list to provide services.
  • Example of the Vendor/Program process:
  • A client’s eligibility and needs are determined by one of the Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC).
  • The client will connect with a KDBHDR Disaster Relief Coordinator (DRC) at Fahe who then provides a list of approved program Vendors to the client for Vendor selection and services needed.
  • The Vendor completes the service/work and provides a detailed invoice to the Fahe DRC. The invoice is processed and payment is sent to the Vendor from the KDBHDR program funds.

If your organization is interested in signing up to be a Vendor or you have questions about the program or process, please email vhaste@fahe.org to request a Vendor application. This program is time sensitive. We would like to notify as many interested organizations as possible in this service area and get these disaster resilience funds to members of the community as quickly as possible. Thank you,   Vanessa Lominac Haste, JD


Feb./March 2021 – Flood Resources:

  1. Kentucky Division of Emergency Management – Jim Garrett

KYEM Volunteer Coordination Program
100 Airport Rd
Frankfort, Ky 40601
Office: 502.607.5742

2. VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)  www.kentuckyvoad.org

KY Flood Cleanup Hotline:   1-800-451-1954 – email:  kyvoad@nvoad.org Operators connect with local volunteers for services:  clearing trees; removal of drywall; flooring and appliances; tarping of roofs; and mold mitigation.

3. Operation Unite – providing bottled water and cleaning supplies – 350 CAP Drive, London, KY ; Phone: 606-330-1400 / 1-866-678-6483 – website: UNITE@centertech.com

4. Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky – (donations can be made) Emergency flood relief grants of $500 for residents (Elliot, Johnson, Pike, Breathitt, Estill, Knott, Magoffin, Owsley and Perry Counties); Apply by March 14, 2021 https://www.appalachianky.org/disaster-relief-1

5. Business Flood Relief Loan ($1,000 to $5,000)

Should a Federal Disaster be declared, FEMA assistance will open up; Senators McConnell and Paul are looking in to this; Region 4 of FEMA is assessing the flooded areas.

A Federal or State Disaster Declaration would result in FHLB of Cincinnati adding impacted counties to the list for the Disaster Reconstruction Program funds.


KHC News/Updates


Rent, Utility Assistance for Kentuckians Available Starting February 15

Kentucky has newly available COVID-19 rent and utility relief! Starting Monday, February 15, Kentuckians can apply for assistance, dating back to April 2020.

COVID Relief SUMMARY  / Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Flyer

Governor Andy Beshear announced Thursday, February 11, that Kentucky recently received $297 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help prevent evictions for renters impacted economically by COVID-19.
 
Funding from the U.S. Treasury was sent to three Kentucky jurisdictions – the state of Kentucky, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government. All three programs will offer the same rent assistance to approved applicants – 100 percent of past-due rent, dating back to April 2020, and up to three months of future payments. 
Apply in Lexington-Fayette County:          covid19renterhelp.org   
Apply in Louisville-Jefferson County:       stopmyeviction.org
For all other counties:                                 teamkyhherf.ky.gov

Those applying through the Team Kentucky and Fayette County portals can also apply for help with past-due and future utility bills.  Jefferson County’s separate utility relief program is available via another link on its website.

2/25/2021: New public notices for both Homebuyer Development and Affordable Housing Trust Fund AHTF Home Repair, which extends the higher development gap and repair funds through December 31, 2021. Please visit the HCA Help Desk to review the HB PN 2021-01 and HR PN 2021-01. If you have questions, contact Keli Reynolds at kreynolds@kyhousing.org.

COVID-19 Guidance for Single-Family Programs: Weatherization and AHTF Home Repair Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) released COVID-19 Restart Guidance for the Weatherization Assistance Program and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) Home Repair Program, which can be found on the Housing Contract Administration (HCA) Help Desk, under KHC COVID-19 Guidance. 



From HHCK

#KYGA21 : A Recap


As a reminder, here were HHCK’s 2021 State Legislative Priorities.  So, what happened when the dust settled on March 30th at the end of #KYGA21? 
Bills we gave a YES:

  • SB 21: allows access to qualified mental health services for youth 16-17 and experiencing homelessness. Signed by governor and will be effective at the end of June.
  • HB 142: establishes a state affordable housing credit. No action taken this session.
  • HB 53: establishes a Technical Advisory Committee on Reentry; HHCK is named to this committee to address barriers to housing for people reentering from incarceration. Signed by governor and will be effective at the end of June.
  • HCR 7: establishes a Severe Mental Illness Task Force to meet and present legislative solutions, including housing, in the 2022 session. HHCK is named to this task force. Signed by governor and will be effective at the end of June.
  • HB 430: reforms the state-issued ID card process for people experiencing homelessness.
  • HB 497: establishes basic needs like state-issued ID and Medicaid for people to reenter post-incarceration. Signed by the governor and will be at the end of June.

Bill we gave a NO:

  • SB 11: passed by the General Assembly, vetoed by the governor, veto was overridden on March 29, and will be effective at the end of June.

To see other KY General Assembly recaps visit Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and ACLU of Kentucky.

How Has COVID-19 Affected You in Your Home?
Share Your Story

Help us stay informed of the challenges and issues faced by Kentuckians during COVID-19. Share your story anonymously or leave your name- the choice is yours. Unemployment, caring for loved ones, virtual learning, businesses closing, and the inability to pay bills have had an impact on nearly everyone across the state. By sharing your story with us here you are helping in the fight to keep Congress and the Kentucky General Assembly working on a solution to keep Kentuckians safely housed and on the path to success, whatever that may be. Make your voice heard and join the thousands of other Kentuckians who need to know they aren’t alone.

CDC Eviction Moratorium: Spread the Word

FACT: Every adult renter in the home must complete the Declaration form and submit it to their landlord.
SOLUTION: Utilize Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Eviction Declaration Tool! 
FACT: Landlords CANNOT opt out of this moratorium. 
SOLUTION: Contact KY Legal Aid if you or someone you know is at risk of eviction for nonpayment of rent:
833-540-0342
FACT: You may qualify for rental assistance! 
SOLUTION: Apply at teamkyhherf.ky.gov

Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities to COVID Testing Appointments The Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) and the Kentucky Transportation Department are partnering to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain transportation services for COVID testing appointments.    Individuals with disabilities who need this service can contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 877-925-0037 to learn more about how to access this service.   DAIL Commissioner Victoria Elridge has posted a video on YouTube explaining this new service, which will provide individuals who may not qualify for Medicaid the transportation they need to get to local, free, drive-thru testing sites.

Kentucky Solar Stories Website Launch

For the past year the KY Solar Advocacy Network has been developing our Kentucky Solar Stories project to uplift stories of solar users all across the state. We know that people, businesses, farmers, faith communities and nonprofits are all choosing solar as a way to take control of their electric bills, save money, become more self-sufficient and lessen their impact on the planet and now we can help share those stories with others! Check out our new webpage and interactive map, hosted on the KY Solar Energy Society’s website. We’ll also be sharing these stories on our Solar Kentucky social media pages. Tell you friends, repost and encourage folks to add their own solar stories to our map using this signup form.
 

Kentucky Renter Help

Everyone can do something! This app helps renters, lawyers, and allies in Kentucky take action to help prevent evictions: https://community.lawyer/cl/kyequaljustice/kentucky-renter-help


FHLB-Cincinatti – News/Updates

Disaster Reconstruction Funds Available in 12 Kentucky Counties

Households in 10 Kentucky counties and two Tennessee counties whose homes were damaged by severe storms and flooding February 3-29, 2020 may qualify for grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati’s Disaster Reconstruction Program (DRP) to aid their recovery. In addition, FHLB Cincinnati’s Community Investment Program (CIP) and Economic Development Program (EDP) offer discounted Advances that can be used to finance reconstruction of housing, commercial properties and infrastructure following natural disasters.

The counties affected are: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Perry, and Whitley.

Residents recently became eligible to receive these grants when the U.S. Small Business Administration declared these counties a disaster area on June 1, 2020. Homeowners whose homes were damaged or destroyed may be eligible for grants of up to $20,000 toward construction, acquisition or repair of their primary residences. Renters displaced by the severe weather could also be eligible to receive up to $5,000 toward the purchase of a home.

Eligibility rules for those applying for DRP funds include:

  • Eligible households have either been displaced or suffered damage to their primary residence by a federally or state declared disaster occurring within the Fifth District.
  • Household income must be less than or equal to 100 percent of the applicable Mortgage Revenue Bond income limits. In Bell County, Ky., for a family of one or two persons, the limit is $75,240 and for a family of three or more, the limit is $87,780. 
  • Allowable expenses include construction, acquisition, or repair of a primary residence, which must be a single-family detached home or manufactured home permanently attached to a fixed foundation and taxed as real property where the applicant is the owner of record. FHLB funds cannot be used for expenses covered by insurance or state or federal emergency management agencies.

The DRP was created by the Board of Directors in 2012, to assist Fifth District residents whose homes are destroyed or damaged due to a natural disaster. Complete information on the fund is available at www.fhlbcin.com.

Please feel free to contact Jasmine Grant: GrantJP@fhlbcin.com should you have any questions or concerns regarding the 2020 CMPHF program.

ThriveKY

A lot has changed for Kentucky families and workers because of the coronavirus pandemic. The webinar on April 7 covered updates on the state and federal response to COVID-19. ThriveKY partners discussed Governor Beshear’s executive orders and emergency regulations, along with recently passed state (SB 150) and federal laws (Family First CV Response & CARES Act). See below for items from the webinar:
1. PowerPoint Presentation
2. Help for Kentuckians During COVID-19
3. Policy Update from ThriveKY
5. FEMA Public Assistance – Guidance from KHC
6. USDA Immediate Actions
7. USDA Single-Family Continuity of Programs

From KY Chamber of Commerce:

As companies across the Commonwealth continue to take the responsible steps to protect the health of all Kentuckians, it is important to think about what comes next. It is now crucial we hear from you about what you are expecting to see in the coming weeks and what returning to normal will look like for your business. We ask that you take a few minutes to fill out this new survey to give us insight into the challenges you are currently facing and help craft a strategy for re-opening Kentucky’s economy.

KY Nonprofit Network COVID-19 Resource Page

From KY Chamber of Commerce RE: Unemployment Insurance, SBA We wanted to clarify/correct a comment Deputy Secretary Benton made responding to a question about employees being able to claim UI if their hours are reduced. The following should answer the questions:

Per KRS 341.080 – An employee whose wages are cut may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. This commonly known as a work share program. Work Share permits employers to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity instead of laying off workers. With the plan, rather than being laid off, eligible employees work a reduced number of hours in the work week and receive a portion of weekly unemployment benefits. By participating in Work Share, employers are able to retain trained employees and avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring and training new employees. With workshare, unemployment benefits are based on a percentage of the reduced hours of work and pay. The reduction in work hours must result in an equivalent reduction in wages. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. The recording from the meeting will be available by end of day Monday. Please visit https://www.kychamber.com/news/coronavirus for a full list of coronavirus-related resources.

From SOAR – As COVID-19 continues to alter our lives, our team has launched a webpage for a one-stop shop for information related to the virus. This site is pulling real-time information from SOAR Co-Principal Officers Governor Andy Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Received from ONE East Kentucky:

As we enter an unprecedented time, our organization along with the chambers of commerce, SOAR, EKCEP, local economic developers, and other partners are actively keeping our finger on the pulse of this constantly evolving situation.  As you may know, the federal government is enacting assistance measures and stimulus for our most impacted businesses.  In a day and time where we are all thinking about how more proactive we should have been, or could be going forward, One East Kentucky wishes to begin compiling a list of all businesses who may have already, or could over the coming weeks, be adversely impacted by the Coronavirus.  This will allow our staff to quickly ensure that any guidelines, paperwork, or information can be immediately and efficiently disseminated to those companies once they are released.  Currently, the state of KY is going through the necessary steps to ensure the entire Commonwealth may qualify for these modes of assistance.  So let’s be ready to push this info out as soon as it is available.

If you know of any company that may wish to take advantage of the forthcoming federal assistance, please have them fill out the form at this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PWLRVXJ OR you may send us the business name, primary contact person, and a valid email address directly via email.  One East Kentucky is putting together a page on our website that will be live soon to compile federal information as well so that it can be accessed at any time and shared with business owners.  We wish you and yours the best in these uncertain times and hope that you know our mission is more critical than ever. Sincerely, Charles Sexton/President&CEO/One East Kentucky

https://www.fhlbcin.com/community-investment/program-documents-and-forms/ . The 2020 CMPHF webinar will be recorded and available for listening or downloading the presentation on February 24, 2020.

Office of National Drug Control Policy

We are very excited to share that on Friday, the Administration released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities.  

The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different federal funds for rural communities impacted by addiction.  The Guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices which you can find here: Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices.

Per Anne Hazlett, news sent on funding announcements every few weeks- to be added to that list, please email Betty-Ann Bryce

KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation – Services list

KY Caucus Advocacy Presentation from Oct. 31 Caucus Mtg.

Fannie Mae Energy Efficiency Resources Presentation