Kentucky Caucus Information

HHCK News:

Join Us on Tuesday, July 21 for Virtual Lobby Day!

There are important elements of the HEROES Act that must be passed by Congress to ensure Kentuckians are able to stay housed as COVID-19 continues to be a problem throughout the country. HHCK is setting up virtual meetings with Kentucky’s Congressional leaders to talk about our need for #RentReliefNow. If you’d like to participate in these meetings email Mary Greenfield.

Our 3 areas of focus: Rental Assistance, Uniform Eviction Moratorium, Solutions Funding.

For even more information visit the National Low Income Housing Coalition

FHLB-Cincinatti – News/Updates

Note from Judy Rose: Just want to make sure the Fahe Members have the 2020 AHP deadline on their radar screen- we’ve moved it up a week from last year to July 31, 2020.  We are hosting a virtual training next week. Here is the AHP SUMMARY PageResource Page from the website

Information Sessions for the FHLB AHP The online application for the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Cincinnati Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funds is now available along with up-to-date webinars on a variety of AHP application topics. Please join the FHLB at one of their AHP information sessions offered at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday and Thursday, June 17 and 18, 2020. Registration is available for each session listed below: June 17, 2020 Session  June 18, 2020 Session  If you have any questions, please contact the Housing and Community Investment Department at 888-345-2246 or email AHPApplication@fhlbcin.com.

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:

  • In Kentucky: 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.

KHC News/Updates

2019 ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE

Applications AcceptedTenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) will begin accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program at 9 a.m. ET today, Monday, June 1, 2020. The Section 8 online application will be available within the Applicant RENTCafé by creating an account; or persons may call into KHC’s Customer Service at 877-552-7368, extension 711, to complete by phone or request an application via email at hcvwaitinglist@kyhousing.org and return via email. Hand delivered or mailed applications will not be accepted. Please visit KHC’s website for the list of counties served by the KHC Housing Choice Voucher program.

Please direct those interested in applying to KHC’s website, under Rental, HCV RENTCafé, Applicant RENTCafé. We encourage everyone wanting assistance to register online. Applications are accepted in the order they are received.

Waiting list applications and registration for new applicants are available at 9 a.m. ET today, Monday, June 1, 2020
2021 Multifamily Questions and Answers Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has posted Questions and Answers (Q&A) relative to the upcoming 2021 Housing Credit competitive funding round. The Q&A is available on KHC’s website under Development; Multifamily; Applications, Guidelines, and Scoring; within the Applications and Scoring dropdown. Applicants are encouraged to check back often for updates as new questions are received. If you have any questions, please email multifamily@kyhousing.org

Effective May 25, 2020, subgrantees may resume home repair duties to the full extent needed to meet KHC standards if the following guidelines are followed and the subgrantee feels that it is in the best interest of the subgrantee and clients. The guidelines HERE are the MINIMUM requirements for reopening the AHTF Home Repair program.

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. 

KHC’s Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) will begin accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program at 9 a.m. ET Monday, June 1, 2020. The Section 8 online application will be available within the applicant Rent Café by creating an account; or persons may call into KHC’s Customer Service at 877-552-7368, extension 888, to complete by phone or request an application via email at hcvwaitinglist@kyhousing.org and return via email. Hand delivered or mailed applications will not be accepted. Please visit KHC’s website for the list of counties served by the KHC Housing Choice Voucher program.

Please direct those interested in applying to KHC’s website, under Rental, HCV Rent Café, Applicant Rent Café. We encourage everyone wanting assistance to register online. Applications are accepted in the order they are received.

Waiting list applications and registration for new applicants will not be available until 9 a.m. ET Monday, June 1, 2020

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.

Have an innovative idea for an AML Pilot project in Kentucky? 

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition is now accepting applications for mini-grants for four separate projects on abandoned mine lands (AML) in Central Appalachia. The grant award will consist of $7,000 in start-up funds as well as 30 hours of project technical and planning assistance from Downstream Strategies.The grants are intended to provide resources and support to turn viable land reuse concepts into fundable projects.  Applications Due MAY 1

Read more about the opportunity here. Questions? Contact Joey James with Downstream at: jjames@downstreamstrategies.com 

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

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

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