New Housing Assistance For Homeless Families


In Tuesday’s Council Work Session, Council will have an initial vote on approving funding for two housing assistance and eviction prevention programs.

Commissioner of Housing Advocacy and Community Development Charlie Lanter is proposing two budget amendments to fund housing assistance programs for homeless families and eviction diversion work:

  • $150,000 to Goodwill, who would pay first month’s rent and a security deposit on new units for families identified as homeless by Fayette County Public Schools.

  • $100,000 to Legal Aid of the Bluegrass to further fund existing legal representation, mediation services, and potential back rent payments they provide to tenants of properties operated by the Lexington Housing Authority who are facing eviction.

These initiatives come after recent discussions over the end of the federally-funded Housing Stabilization Program, which spent $53 million from 2021-2023 on rent and utility payments and legal services for renters facing eviction in Lexington.

If approved in Work Session, the funding will be filed for First Reading for March 7th’s Council Meeting, and receive its final vote for passage during the Second Reading vote on March 21st’s Council Meeting.

Council Work Session will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at 3pm in Council Chambers. You can attend in-person or watch live on LexTV.

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