If you are experiencing unemployment due to the effects of COVID-19, you may be able to apply an Unemployment Insurance Claim. The Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet and Kentucky Career Center are offering resources for those seeking unemployment assistance. Additionally, support is available for those who have been unable to pay their rent due to unemployment.
Governor Andy Beshear announced unemployment eligibility has been expanded due to COVID-19. Individuals typically not covered by unemployment insurance, including self-employed, independent contractors, freelance workers, substitute teachers, childcare workers employed by religious affiliated organizations and non-profits can now file. Those who left their job for “good cause” because of reasonable risk of exposure (self-quarantine) or due to caring for a family member affected by the virus are also eligible.
The CDC has issued an emergency public health order to temporarily halt evictions for non-payment of rent to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Rental Assistance is available through the City's Housing Stabilization Program (view program guidelines). The program provides financial assistance to those who are unable to pay their rent through work with the renter and landlord.
The goal of this program is to ensure stable housing for tenant recipients. View the online application.
Additional resources are available:
- Kentucky Equal Justice Center offers an online application for renters facing eviction in Kentucky, lawyers helping renters facing eviction in Kentucky, and allies who want to protect people from being evicted during a global pandemic.
- Call 2-1-1 from any phone or text your 5-digit zip code to 898211 to find emergency shelter, food, housing, health care, employment and more.
File an Unemployment Insurance claim
The Labor Cabinet announced the start of in-person unemployment insurance services beginning April 15, 2021. Kentucky Career Center staff will be available for in-person assistance, by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled here.
Appointment will be available Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. On Fridays, appointments will be available 8:30 – 11 a.m.
In Lexington, the new, temporary facility, will be located at 2624 Research Park Drive. Anyone attending an appointment must wear a mask at all times. Photo ID is required to enter. Individuals must have an appointment.