Kentucky Caucus Information

2022 UPCOMING CAUCUS MEETING INFORMATION:

  • Tuesday – June 7th 10 am – Fahe Office, 319 Oak St., Berea
  • Tuesday – Nov. 1st 10 am – Location TBD

FROM PREVIOUS CAUCUS MEETINGS:


Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. ET. Learn how to navigate the Kentucky Energy Affordability Dashboard

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Office of Energy Policy (OEP) and the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) have partnered to announce the Kentucky Energy Affordability Dashboard. This new resource is geared toward helping communities, utilities, local governments, and non-profit organizations achieve a better understanding of energy usage by Kentucky’s low-income households. Community leaders and other stakeholders are encouraged to use this new tool for program planning and to make informed energy policy decisions. The interactive Energy Affordability Dashboard can be found online at eec.ky.gov and kystats.ky.gov

The dashboard allows users to access county-level data, such as the average monthly energy cost per household in all 120 of Kentucky’s counties. OEP and KYSTATS will host a tutorial on how stakeholders can use the dashboard on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. ETRegister today for this 30-minute webinar.


USDA and University of Kentucky Invite Rural Leaders to Participate in National Virtual Placemaking Conference on May 23-24

USDA and the University of Kentucky are inviting rural leaders across the country to attend the Placemaking for Small and Rural Communities Online Conference on May 23-24. Rural communities, placemaking technical assistance providers and philanthropic entities interested in supporting rural placemaking efforts are encouraged to register for this two-day conference.
As part of the conference, USDA and University of Kentucky will showcase effective placemaking strategies rural communities can use and connect rural leaders to placemaking experts and potential funders.
USDA and the University of Kentucky also will unveil placemaking resources, including an interactive digital toolkit. The toolkit will connect rural leaders with technical assistance providers, funders and guides on how to implement placemaking in their own communities.
To register, visit https://whova.com/portal/registration/creat_202202.
 

3/23/22 – from Prosper Appalachia – Summer Intern Program

Become a 2022 Summer Employer Partner!Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry or Whitley county.
Local employers are key partners in ensuring Prosper Appalachia participants have the opportunity to gain much needed experience in the workplace. We’re working to build new relationships that can help our businesses fill employment gaps and help youth participants begin their careers in the regional workforce. Youth participants also benefit from access to important mentorship opportunities. Prosper Appalachia mentors serve as liaisons between participants and business partners to help problem solve and provide support as needed. Prosper Appalachia also works with local community action agencies to provide interns with hourly pay and workers compensation.   To download the flyer, click here. Please share with your networks and help us build more opportunities for our youths!   Apply to become an Employer Partner
2022 PAID Summer Internship Application is NOW LIVE! Prosper Appalachia is offering paid summer internship experiences with employers that match the career interest of youths to help them find their career passion! We provide services that connect them with the support they need to succeed today and build a career for tomorrow.  
Requirements: Accepting applicants from ages 16-24. Must be a resident of Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry or Whitley county. (*Previous summer participants may apply again.)  
Prosper Appalachia Provides Interns With: Placement that matches areas of interest, Paid Internships for 400-480 hours of work (approx. 10-12 weeks of full-time work), 10-12 virtual leadership & professional development sessions, 2-4 in-person offsite seminars, Workers compensation & payroll services through the local community action agency  
Interns Commit To: Positive contribution to their assigned workplace and local community, Active participation in the various leadership and professional development programs  
For More Information & To Apply: Click Here  
Thank you in advance for sharing this opportunity with youth in the region!

From KHC:

3/24/22 – Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has received approval from Governor Andy Beshear for the 2023-2024 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). The QAP and scoring workbook for the 2023 Housing Credit funding round are available on KHC’s website, under Partners; Developers; Multifamily Development; Applications, Guidelines, and Scoring.


2/7/2022 ~ KHC HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE FUND NOW OPEN!

The Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund is now available for homeowners in need. Qualifying homeowners can apply for up to $35,000 in assistance, including help with: Delinquent mortgage payments Property taxes Homeowner’s and/or flood insurance Homeowner’s association fees Utility costs. If approved, the funds will be paid as a grant directly to mortgage servicers, utility companies, county property tax administrators, insurance agencies or homeowner’s associations. Apply for Assistance
 

More Information
To learn more about the program, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Homeownership Protection Center or click on one of the links below:


From HHCK

See Our #kyga22 Priorities and Bill Tracker Here

Get acquainted with what HHCK and other state organizations are working on this legislative session. You can check out our 2022 legislative priorities here. Interested in seeing what Kentucky Equal Justice Center has going on? Go here. Want to know more about what ACLU of Kentucky is working with this session? Check this out. What about KyPolicy? Click here!

12/15/21 – Disaster Response: When to Contact KHC

If you have units available: 
KHC is supplying KY Emergency Response and FEMA with potential units for displaced households.  Send unit info to Joe Prichard at  jprichard@kyhousing.org or 502-564-7630, ext. 244.
  If you have units that are no longer habitable: 
PBCA units: Contact Stacie Sutton at ssutton@kyhousing.org or 502-564-7630, ext. 772.
LIHTC units: Contact Phyllis Clem at pclem@kyhousing.org or 502-564-7630, ext. 221.
  If you have major property damage and have a KHC multifamily loan:
Contact Matt Mulberry at mmulberry@kyhousing.org or 502-564-7630, ext. 479.

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

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


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


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.



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