During the pandemic, people facing financial trouble received a safety net in the form of a federal moratorium on evictions.
That moratorium expired starting in August 2021, but President Joe Biden’s team found a legal justification for extending it by 60 days in a region that protects nearly 90% of the U.S. population.
However after that 60-day period, many Kentuckians may still find themselves at risk of eviction, possibly unnecessarily.
That is where The Team Kentucky Housing Corporation steps in, managing a fund of federal dollars in an eviction relief program.
Wendy Smith, Deputy Executive Director of the Kentucky Housing Corporation, said the State of Kentucky got $264 million for the program, but there are eligibility requirements to receive the funds. You need to owe back rent.
The program aims to help renters pay back rent, and pay rent forward, allowing them time to get on their feet.
Governor Andy Beshear encourages Kentuckians to take advantage of this program.
According to Smith, the program is also meant to help landlords. In addition to applying for themselves, landlords can be made whole through receiving the rent they were expecting.
State officials do not expect to have to turn away anyone who is eligible that applies.
The website with more information including eligibility and applications is online.