Housing Stabilization Program
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Do you have rent due? Are you facing eviction?
As Fayette County begins to rebound from the impacts of COVID-19, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has established a Housing Stabilization Program to minimize trauma and crisis caused by lack of secure housing. This program will also reduce evictions, allow landlords to get substantial payments for back rent, reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 by allowing individuals and families to practice Healthy at Home, and reduce the impact on the homeless service delivery system.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an emergency public health order to temporarily halt evictions for non-payment of rent to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order's effective date is September 4, and it is effective through March 31, 2021. In order for you to be covered, you (the tenant) must execute the CDC declaration form and you must submit it to your landlord to certify the accuracy of eligibility elements. The CDC's emergency declaration is not automatic, you are required to submit the form to your landlord.
The goal of providing this assistance is to ensure stable housing for the tenant recipients. Households can receive financial assistance for the following activities:
- Rent arrears/future payments
- Utilities arrears/future payment
- Other expenses related to housing
Payments, including arrearages and future payments for a household, generally may not exceed 12 months total. For each three months of future rent, income must be recertified and only three months' future rent can be paid at a time. If it is necessary to ensure the household remains stably housed and if funding is available, the applicant may apply for an additional three months for a possible total of 15 months. Additional documentation will be required for months 13, 14 and 15.
The program will not allow any additional eligibility criteria. One or more individuals in the household must meet the following criteria:
- 80% or below area median income
- Fayette County resident
- Certification household member has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 outbreak
- Certification that a household is at risk of homelessness by a pending eviction or a past due notice or unsafe or unhealthy living conditions.
The program will not make modifications to a settlement agreement or eligibility criteria.
- Must forgive all late fees, penalties, and interest related to non-payment of rent
- Must agree not to evict due to past due rent prior to March 2020
- Have a current rental agreement
- Must agree to give 45 days’ notice for any future eviction, not to be initiated until at least 30 days after assistance concludes
- Must agree to terms of arrearage settlement and submit the necessary paperwork.
Other assistance options
All Kentuckians should take advantage of resources throughout the Commonwealth. Below are a few links to agencies and applications that offer assistance.
- If you live in Louisville-Jefferson County, apply for assistance at stopmyeviction.org.
- For all other 118 Kentucky counties, rent and utility assistance is available at Healthy At Home.
- Kentucky Equal Justice Center: offers an online application is for three different groups of people:
1. Renters facing eviction in Kentucky,
2. Lawyers helping renters facing eviction in Kentucky, and
3. Allies who want to protect people from being evicted during a global pandemic.
- Call 211 from any phone or text your 5-digit zip code to 898211 to find emergency shelter, food, housing, health care, employment and more. This complete resource database is also available online.