2023 UPCOMING CAUCUS MEETING INFORMATION:
- October 31st – 10am – 3pm – Fahe Office (Board Room), 319 Oak St., Berea
FROM PREVIOUS CAUCUS MEETINGS:
- June 6, 2023 – Tues. June 6th – Packet
- Feb. 15, 2023 Caucus Packet
- Nov. 1st , KY Caucus Packet
- Tuesday – June 7th ~ Caucus Packet
KHC Notice of Public Comment Period Sept. 7-22, 2023
9/7/23 – The draft Kentucky Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) will be available for public review and comment beginning September 7, 2023. The CAPER is prepared by Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) and the Department for Local Government (DLG) and is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development. The CAPER details how the state utilized block grant funds allocated for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).
Written comments received by September 22, 2023, will be accepted, addressed, and where applicable, incorporated into the document. A summary of comments will be submitted to HUD along with the CAPER on or before September 29, 2023. The proposed CAPER and related reports will be available for review online at the KHC website at https://www.kyhousing.org/Planning-Documents/Pages/Consolidated-Plan.aspx.
Please send comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|8/24/23 – From KHC: Free Online Training Program Available for LIHTC Partners|
Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) can be difficult to master, so the Compliance and Inspection teams at Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) have combined forces to create free online training courses for our managing partners. Learn how to prepare for compliance reviews, navigate the Tenant Data Certification System, or what to look for during inspections.
To sign up, email a request to email@example.com. After approval, you’ll receive an email with log-in information.
For further information, contact Multifamily Compliance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|7/17/23 – KHC Strategic Operating Grants for Nonprofits Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) is pleased to announce a funding application for modest operating grants, open to nonprofit partners across the Commonwealth. This is a fairly new approach for KHC, as in the past, requests for operating grants have been received and decided upon outside a formal application process.|
The NOFA KHC Strategic Operating Grants August 2023, found on KHC’s Housing Contract Administration Partner Agency Portal under the KHC STRATEGIC OPERATING GRANTS NOFA heading clarifies requirements and guidelines for funding.
All applications must be submitted through KHC’s online Universal Funding Application (UFA), a system that requires prior registration.
The UFA for this NOFA will open August 1, 2023, and applications are due September 1, 2023.
FY2024 Strategic Operating Grant Timeline
KHC’s Universal Funding Application Opens: Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Grant deadline: Friday, September 1, 2023
Awards announced: Friday, September 22, 2023
Funds available: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
7/24/23 – KHC Announces NOFA for Disaster Recovery in Housing KHC released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Rural Housing Trust Fund Disaster Recovery (RHTF) for Single-Family Homes in Eastern and Western Kentucky. A total of $15 million is available for funding. All applicants will need to review the NOFA on the HCA Agency Partner Portal. Applications must be submitted through the Universal Funding Application (UFA). KHC anticipates offering two rounds of funding under this NOFA, based on available funding, with the second application opening in September. Applicants may address questions to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All info can also be found on the KHC Webpage: 2023 KHC Rural Housing Trust Fund (RHTF) Disaster Recovery for EKY and WKY APPLICATION Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) – Round One – Housing Contract Administration Help Desk (zendesk.com)
- 2023 KHC Rural Housing Trust Fund (RHTF) NOFA
- 2023 KHC RHTF Policy Manual (07.27.2023)
- 2023 RHTF Sources and Uses Summary Application Attachment
- 2023 RHTF Application Scoresheet
|Change in AHTF Home Repair Program Photo Link|
Please use this link for all Home Repair Program initial photo submissions. Submit HR Initial Photos
Registration for the Kentucky Affordable Housing Conference (#KAHC23) is now available! Join us for Thursday and Friday, August 24-25, 2023, in Central Bank Center in Lexington, Kentucky, for this exciting and informative event. Check it out HERE
6/22/23 – KHC has issued new public notices for single-family development, which continues policy amendments that expire June 30, 2023. HB PN 2023-01 addresses development gap and direct subsidy needs, and HR PN 2023-01 allows higher project cost in Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) Home Repair. To view the PNs, please visit the HCA Agency Partner Portal.
Housing Credit Per Unit Limits Increased
KHC has increased the Housing Credit per unit that a multifamily developer may request. For urban projects, the credit per unit limit is now $15,000 (or $19,500 for projects qualified to receive the basis boost). For rural projects, the credit per unit limit is now $17,000 (or $22,000 for projects qualified to receive the basis boost). As always, the actual credit awarded to a project will be limited to the lesser of the housing credit per unit test, the equity gap test, or the eligible basis test, and subject to development team credit caps. The increased limits are effective for new project applications submitted on or after May 15, 2023.
3/16/23 – Medicaid Renewal: Message from Kentucky DMS
Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) will resume normal operations in May in alignment with federal laws. As part of this effort, DMS will send renewal letters to some Medicaid members beginning in early April 2023 for renewals in May 2023. When the change goes into effect, some individuals may be at risk of losing Medicaid eligibility after almost three years of continuous health coverage regardless of changes in their circumstances. DMS’ goal is for no one to lose coverage and coordinated efforts are underway to reach all members who will be impacted by this change.
2/6/23 – USDA 3-D Print Building Presentation Materials
From Rachel Chambers: Thank you to our partners who joined us to hear from Professor Eric Wooldridge and his colleagues regarding their research around 3-D printing. I am sharing the slides from the presentation and other materials for your perusal. Unfortunately, we did not get a Teams recording that we could share of this presentation. However, I will drop his contact information in this email for any follow-up: Eric Wooldridge, PE, RA, MSE, Professor, Somerset Community College ~ Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence: Office Phone: 606-451-6878; email: email@example.com ; website: www.somerset.kctcs.edu/3dprinting
SAVE THE DATE! – Annual FREE Fair Housing Training – April 12 – details
Flood related information & resources can be found on the Fahe.org website and on this page of fahemembers.com
9/8/22 – Team Kentucky Commonwealth Sheltering Program for Flood Survivors
This program uses a combination of trailers that were originally purchased for use after the western KY tornadoes and some provided by the state of Louisiana. You need to register with FEMA for assistance and then follow up with some additional requests. Here’s how it works. https://bit.ly/3RqdFyY
Other Flood Related info from KHC:
Kentucky Housing Corporation is compiling a list of resources, guidance and available housing units for those displaced by the July flooding in Eastern Kentucky. Visit kydisasters.com for more information.
Individuals and agencies can share information about available units, update their listing or search for available units on KHC’s website.
Eastern Kentucky Public Housing Authorities (PHAs)
Please add your available units to our list! Many Kentuckians are searching for safe, permanent, affordable housing. By adding your units, we can ensure that everyone can find a home. We also encourage you to use the list as a resource for anyone in need if you do not have any available units.
State Warns of Text Message Scam
A fraudulent text message (for examples, click here, here and here) was reported today impersonating the Transportation Cabinet. The sender appears to target flood victims by including a link to submit information related to the waiver of card and registration replacement fees. The text message is not from KYTC and recipients are warned not to click the link. While the Cabinet may send text messages about Driver Licensing Regional offices, we do not solicit personal information via text. Victims who have submitted any personal information are advised to visit the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General website, ag.ky.gov, to follow their guidance concerning potential identity theft.
9/27/22 – from Enterprise – Preventing Evictions Before They Happen
In our new report, Home for Good, we take a holistic view of the ways to prevent or reduce the long-term harms of eviction, from upstream approaches to non-court interventions that create a stable housing environment for residents and housing providers.
- Explore the full report, including a full spectrum of eviction prevention strategies.
- Read the five ways to prevent evictions before they happen.
Learn more about Preservation Next, our nationwide effort to help both residents and owners achieve stability and preserve unsubsidized homes
8/22/22 – BROADBAND FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (from SOAR Announcement)
Millions of dollars are available in broadband funding for our region. And even with increased competition for those dollars, we must find a way to be first in line to win this unprecedented amount of funding. With that in mind, we partnered with Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI) to create Getting Funded: The 2022 Manual for Writing & Winning Broadband Grants.
Inside this step-by-step guide for beginners, you’ll learn:
- How to navigate regulatory context and partnerships
- How to evaluate possible funding sources and their parameters
- How to identify actionable funding opportunities
- How to prepare and submit competitive grant proposals
APPLICATION OPENS 8/1/22 – KY Nonprofit Assistance Fund – Relief Grant Program!! $75M Available from the Public Protection Cabinet of KY
Check out the additional information on KNN’s website HERE
Nonprofit Assistance Fund resources:
- Team KY Nonprofit Fund Grant Portal – applications portal will open at 9am EST on 8-1-22.
- Program Guidelines
- Affidavits and sample P&L are included on this site and an FAQ is expected soon. *Please note the affidavits must be notarized before uploading.
8/1/22 – SEVERE FLOODING INFORMATION
Shelter sites can be found at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources
Renters and homeowners of Breathitt, Clay, Knott, Letcher and Perry counties who were affected by the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that began July 26 may apply for individual disaster assistance. Applications can be filed online at www.disasterassistance.gov , by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. To learn more, see the FEMA release.
When applying for assistance, please have this critical information in hand, including:
- A current phone number where you can be contacted;
- Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
- Your Social Security number;
- A general list of damage and losses;
- Banking information if you choose direct deposit; and
- If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name.
Survivors with homeowners, renter’s or flood insurance should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance. Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.
Missing Persons – Kentucky State Police is responding and actively searching for missing people.
- If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of Breathitt, Perry, Knott, Letcher or Leslie counties, contact Post 13 Hazard at 606-435-6069.
- If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of Magoffin, Johnson, Martin, Floyd, or Pike counties, contact Post 9 Pikeville at 606-433-7711.
- If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of Jackson, Owsley, or Lee counties, contact Post 7 Richmond at 859-623-2404.
- If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of Wolfe or Morgan counties, contact Post 8 Morehead at 606-784-4127.
- If you wish to report a missing loved one in Harlan County, contact Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131.
- Please note phone lines are extremely busy right now. It may take a while to get through.
- A command staging area has been established at the Hazard Armory for emergency personnel only. The public should not travel to the affected areas until emergency personnel gives the all-clear.
7/28/22 – SEVERE FLOODING INFORMATION
|Hello Kentucky Members. As you well know, severe flooding has hit our state. The current unpredictability of flash flooding is threatening lives, homes, and business operations. According to WYMT, unconfirmed reports of missing persons have begun with multiple water rescue attempts being carried out across the region. You can follow live updates here.|
Fahe asks that you stay prepared and consider safety and operational options going into this weekend, as rain and flooding is expected to continue. It may be prudent to consider temporary work-from-home options for staff.
As a reminder, our Disaster Response Resource page hosts various resources and guides, as well as a reporting form. Use the form to request assistance from Fahe, or contact the membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe, Kentucky!
Fahe Homes for All AmeriCorps VISTA Member
Disaster Response Coordinator
Office: 859.756.6295 ext. 6295
7/28/22 – KHC Notice – Tax-Exempt Bond Application Closed
Due to unprecedented demand and limitations on available private activity bond cap, the Universal Funding Application (UFA) for multifamily developments utilizing Tax-Exempt Bonds (TEB) + 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits has closed. Project pre-applications previously submitted by developers will remain in the queue and will be eligible for a reservation of bond cap in the order in which the technical submission stage is approved (subject to bond cap availability). Based on the current pipeline, some projects in the queue may not receive a reservation of bond cap until fiscal year 2024 or later. KHC will continue to monitor the availability of tax-exempt bond cap and will notify the development community via eGram when we intend to reopen the Tax-Exempt Bond Only application. If you have any questions, please email Samuel Thorner, Managing Director of Multifamily Programs, at email@example.com.
7/22/22 – KHC NOFA: Strategic Operating Grants August 2022
|Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) is pleased to announce a funding application for modest operating grants, open to nonprofit partners across the Commonwealth. This is a fairly new approach for KHC, as, in the past, requests for operating grants have been received and decided upon outside a formal application process.|
The NOFA Strategic Operating Grants August 2022 clarifies requirements and guidelines for funding. All applications must be submitted through KHC’s online Universal Funding Application (UFA), a system that requires prior registration.
The UFA for this NOFA will open on August 2, 2022, and applications are due September 6, 2022. Awards will be announced on or about October 4, 2022.
2023 Strategic Operating Grant Funding Round Timeline
NOFA Announced & Application Opens in KHC’s Universal Funding Application (UFA) August 2, 2022
Apply for Strategic Operating Grants
Grant deadline September 6, 2022
Awards announced October 4, 2022
Funds available November 15, 2022
The Rural Partners Network introduces a new way of doing business: a collaboration among federal agencies meant to improve access to government resources, staffing and tools. Participating agencies designate key points of contact who focus specifically on rural strategies, improving visibility and attention to rural issues.
The Rural Partners Network also puts federal staff on the ground to support designated, economically challenged communities. Known as “Community Liaisons,” these federal employees provide local leaders with the expertise to navigate federal programs. Community Liaisons help build relationships and identify additional resources to get the job done. As their work progresses, the lessons learned will impact future federal rural policy development and investment strategies.
Some duties include:
- The incumbent serves as a key member of the State Director’s staff and is responsible for encouraging greater use of Community Economic Development (CED) practices in order to enhance the overall impact of RD investments.
- Monitors significant economic development matters which may impact rural places and RD through research and liaison activities with federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, and other private sources.
- Develops budget projections to obtain necessary funding to support Community Economic Development (CED) efforts, in collaboration with the state’s RD staff.
- Promotes the use of Community Economic Development (CED) practices for rural communities and rural economic diversification through written and oral presentations.
- Facilitates information sharing among public and private sectors to increase awareness of loan and grant programs and incentives for business development in rural areas.
Website to apply
2023 Multifamily Competitive Application Now Open
The Universal Funding Application for the 2023 Housing Credit funding round is now open and all application submissions are due by noon ET Thursday, September 15, 2022. The Development Team Capacity Application is also currently open and is due no later than Monday, July 18, 2022. Development team members previously issued capacity approval letters from KHC should check the duration of the pre-approval to determine if they are required to complete the Development Team Capacity Application in 2022.
Any development teams requiring a technical assistance (TA) meeting must submit their request via a completed Technical Assistance Request Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. All TA meetings must occur no less than 60 days prior to the application submission deadline. NOTE: Requesting or attending technical assistance training does not guarantee the project will be awarded funds.
All questions related to the QAP, Multifamily Guidelines, scoring workbook, development team capacity application, or upcoming competitive application must be sent via email to email@example.com.
Extended Caps on New Construction Subsidies, AHTF Home Repair
KHC extended the deadline on Public Notices (PNs) issued in October, which gave Community Development Housing Organizations (CHDOs) and nonprofit developers higher subsidy caps in homebuyer new construction projects and allowed a higher cap on AHTF Home Repair. The extensions will remain in place until June 30, 2023. and should help partners as material and labor costs continue to rise. View PN HB 2022-01 Homebuyer New Construction Extensions
View PN HR 2022-01 AHTF Home Repair Extensions
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.
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|
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:
|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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-7630, ext. 244.
If you have units that are no longer habitable:
PBCA units: Contact Stacie Sutton at email@example.com or 502-564-7630, ext. 772.
LIHTC units: Contact Phyllis Clem at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-7630, ext. 221.
If you have major property damage and have a KHC multifamily loan:
Contact Matt Mulberry at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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