Kentucky is offering help for tenants in the state who are behind on rent and utility bills through a new $264 million COVID-19 relief fund.
Governor Andy Beshear announced the new fund, called the Health at Home Eviction Relief Fund, on Thursday during his COVID-19 update to the Commonwealth.
Starting Feb. 15, tenants who qualify can apply for rent and utility assistance to cover their past-due and future bills. If approved, lump sum, direct payments will be made directly to landlords and utility providers.
Below are some of the fund's basic requirements, according to Gov. Beshear:
The Health at Home Eviction Relief Fund is being run in three jurisdictions: Jefferson County and Fayette County, which are running their own programs, and in the rest of Kentucky's remaining 118 counties.
As of Monday, Feb. 15, you can apply using the following links:
- For 118 counties other than Fayette and Jefferson:
- To apply in Fayette County:
- To apply in Jefferson County:
All of the funds will offer the same benefits to approved applicants – 100% of past-due rent, dating back to April 2020 – and up to three months of future payments. Those applying through the Team Kentucky portal also can receive help with past-due and future utility bills.
The Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund aims to keep struggling Kentuckians housed during the pandemic and to allow landlords to receive the payments they're owed, while also reducing the volume of eviction cases in Kentucky courts.