Kentucky Caucus Information

KY Caucus Packet – 10/22/20

Fahe Strategic Plan Draft

KHC News/Updates

FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE  Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund Is Reopen The Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund portal reopened for a brief period, and we still have funds available. Visit teamkyhherf.ky.gov to apply. 

The fund launched in September to keep Kentuckians healthy and housed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, we have awarded more than $12 million in rental assistance to 3,254 applicants.

With some funding remaining, we have reopened the online application.  How It Works The program pays landlords up to 90% of past-due rent for eligible tenants.  Tenants must meet certain income guidelines to qualify for assistance. Landlords must forgive 10% of the past-due rent as well as any late fees, penalties and interest related to non-payment of rent.  Landlords must also agree to give the tenant 45 days before beginning the process for a future eviction. Maximum Assistance:  Household Income <=50% Area Median Income: $6,500 Household Income 51-80% of Area Median Income: $4,000 For details, including income qualifications and document requirements, visit teamkyhherf.ky.gov.
  Important Reminders Applications are processed on a first completed, first paid basis. Assistance is available for unpaid rent for March-December 2020, subject to program maximums. We are no longer awarding payments for future rent. Both the landlord and tenant must fill out an application at teamkyhherf.ky.gov. An application will not be evaluated unless both parties have completed their applications. The tenant and landlord must have each other’s email address, documentation that the tenant is behind on rent, and other documents listed at teamkyhherf.ky.gov. Tenants must provide documentation of household income for the past 30 days. Approved payments are made in a lump sum to the landlord for 90% of past due rent. Apply Online
Now Open: 2021 Applications for Multifamily Non-Credit Projects, Single-Family Development, and AHTF Home Repair

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) opened applications in its Universal Funding Application (UFA) for three project types:  Multifamily Non-Credit Rental Development (HOME, AHTF, and SMAL)Single-Family Homebuyer Development (HOME and AHTF)AHTF Home Repair (AHTF Only) All three applications are now open and will be due by or before noon ET Friday, January 15, 2021. 
 
These funding rounds will occur alongside one another to allow KHC to allocate HOME and AHTF optimally across funding rounds, which may impact the amount of HOME and AHTF actually allocated in any one round. 

Multifamily Non-Credit Rental Development 
The following funding sources are available for the development of affordable, small-scale multifamily rental developments of 11 units or less:   HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) Small Multifamily Affordable Loan Program (SMAL) Non-credit applications are not competitively scored; however, all applications must meet KHC threshold requirements.
 
For any development team member (developer, consultant, management company) who does not currently have a capacity approval letter from KHC, or whose capacity approval expires prior to the application submission deadline, a Development Team Capacity application was due on Friday, November 13, 2020. Any funding application in which the members of the development team do not receive capacity approval will be ineligible for further consideration.
 
Applicants who have not successfully developed and placed in service a multifamily project with KHC in the last three years must attend a technical assistance meeting prior to being given access to the UFA system. Please refer to the Multifamily Guidelines for more information.    
For more information, contact Anthony Wright at 502-564-7630, extension 314; TTY 711; or awright@kyhousing.org
 
Single-Family Homebuyer Development 
HOME and AHTF funding is available for the development of new construction and acquisition or rehabilitation of homes to be sold to low- and moderate-income homebuyers.
 
Program manuals and application guidelines are available via the HCA Help Desk and KHC’s website, under Development and Single Family. Applications are available through the Universal Funding Application, available on KHC’s website. Applications will be competitively scored, and all applications must meet KHC threshold requirements.
 
For more information, contact Keli Reynolds at 502-564-7630, extension 414; TTY 711; or kreynolds@kyhousing.org.
 
AHTF Home Repair
AHTF will be made available for minor repairs (up to $20,000 per unit for FY21) to the residences of low-income homeowners to bring them up to KHC’s Minimum Habitability Standards.

Program manuals and application guidelines are available via the HCA Help Desk and KHC’s website, under Development and Single Family. Applications are available through the Universal Funding Application, available on KHC’s website. Applications will be competitively scored, and all applications must meet KHC threshold requirements. For more information, contact Keli Reynolds at 502-564-7630, extension 414; TTY 711; or 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. 

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.
 

From HHCK

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 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