Shelter is a basic human need. An array of federal, state and local initiatives is available to assist those who need to find affordable housing.
Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) and Other Assistance
Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC, 87 counties) and local public housing authorities (33 counties) can help clients apply for housing assistance that meets their needs. Subsidized rent in some apartment complexes is available (Project-Based Rental Assistance) as is Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities.
KHC sponsors the KY Rents website which matches potential tenants with available rentals and also maintains the Assisted Rental Housing Directory which attempts to list all apartments and homes statewide.
While homeownership may not be an option for everyone, voluntary programs are out there to help self-sufficient families toward this goal. HUD provides overview information about vouchers and other assistance that may be available and links to Kentucky agencies that can help.
Tenant Assistance Organizations
The Kentucky Attorney General maintains a summary of legal protections for Kentucky renters, as does the Legal Aid Network of Kentucky. Larger communities may have dedicated agencies that specifically mediate disputes or provide general information for tenants. Housing discrimination complaints may be filed online, by phone, by mail or in person.
Kentucky Housing Corporation provides the Homeless Resource Guide that offers listings for homeless service providers, emergency shelters, transitional and permanent housing programs, mental health services and other agencies that serve the homeless.
Domestic Violence Programs/Shelters
In addition to providing safe shelters, domestic violence programs in Kentucky provide a variety of support services to both residents and non-residents of shelters. To contact any of the programs, visit the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association website or call the National DV hotline at (800) 799-SAFE; TDD (800) 787-3224; the local DCBS office or law enforcement agency.