- State Data Overview
Across Kentucky, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.KeyFacts157,889Or28%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-74,940Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$30,860Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.66%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
- State Level Partners
Become an NLIHC State Partner
NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.
Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]
- Housing Trust FundHTF Implementation Information
NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Kyle Arbuckle with any questions.Current Year HTF Allocation
$3,000,000HTF State Resources
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
Research and Data
National Housing Preservation Database
The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.
Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.
City Description Source Louisville The City of Louisville has created an $500,000 emergency fund to deploy resources to residents impacted by COVID-19. The fund will provide funding for rental assistance, child care assistance, transportation aid, food access, utility assistance, pharmaceutical needs and other. Owensboro The City is providing a $150,000 Low Income Rental Assistance program for individuals who reside in the City, offering to cover up to three months rent for those who earn less than 80% of the area median income for their household size. https://tinyurl.com/yceofkbx
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
Local news media report that the Catholic Action Center in Lexington, as well as many of the 100 homeless shelters across the state, are closed to new clients. Some smaller, private shelters in rural areas have shut down completely.
A survey of 100 Fayette County landlords and apartment owners found that nearly 70% have at least one or more tenants at risk for eviction due to nonpayment of rent. More than 60% of the respondents had at least one tenant who was unable to pay rent in April. A group of nonprofits, apartment, and landlord groups started a COVID-19 rental assistance program to prevent a wave of evictions.
The Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky (HHCK), an NLIHC state partner, has been working to help people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless during the pandemic. With the help of a grant from NLIHC, HHCK has been able to start an Eviction Prevention Fund and is currently accepting donations.
A person experiencing homelessness in Louisville was arrested after police said he failed to self-quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 on April 19.
The Northern Kentucky Convention Center has opened its doors to serve as a social isolation homeless shelter.
No information at this time.COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb