As Fayette County rebounds 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 the lack of secure housing. The program aims to reduce evictions, allows landlords to get substantial payments for back rent rather than evict, and reduces the impact of evictions on the homeless service delivery system. Community Action Council processes applications for assistance and issues rental assistance payments for the program.
Beginning Feb. 1, 2023, the program will focus primarily on tenants with an active forcible detainer (eviction) case in Fayette District Court. Tenants who have not had a forcible detainer case filed against them will no longer be able to apply for assistance from the program. All tenant applications submitted prior to Feb. 1, 2023, or with pending requests for assistance as of Feb. 1, 2023, will be processed under the program guidelines that were in effect prior to Feb. 1.
If you are a tenant who has received notice of your landlord filing a forcible detainer (eviction) case against you, a caseworker will be assigned to review your case and determine whether you may be eligible for financial assistance. If you currently have an active forcible detainer case against you but have not discussed your case with a Housing Stabilization Program caseworker, call (859) 280-8424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions about program changes made on Feb. 1, 2023
Effective Feb. 1, 2023, to be eligible for assistance from the program, tenants must:
- Live in a rented residence in Fayette County;
- Live in a household with income at or less than 80% of the Area Median Income;
- Have experienced some negative financial impact during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- Be at risk of homelessness or housing instability because of an active eviction case in Fayette District Court.
Eligible tenants may receive financial assistance to help with:
- Up to 12 months of past due rent;
- Up to three months of future rent and/or;
- Payment of a security deposit and up to three months' future rent if a tenant must relocate to a new unit.
The Housing Stabilization Program no longer offers utility assistance as of Feb. 1, 2023.
Other Resources for Tenants
- LIHEAP – The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is operated by Community Action Council and utilizes federal funds to help eligible households offset the costs of winter heating. Schedule an appointment online or call (859) 300-6960.
- Call 211 – 211 is a contact center operated by United Way of the Bluegrass, connecting Lexington residents with essential resources.
- Visit a WayPoint Center – Waypoint Centers are operated by United Way of the Bluegrass and serve as a neighborhood resource to support family financial success and stability. There are two WayPoint Centers in Lexington:
- WayPoint Center at Black & Williams Center – 498 Georgetown St., room 104
- WayPoint Center at Charles Young Center – 540 East Third St., room 202
- LFUCG Community & Resident Services – Community & Resident Services supports individuals and families in sustaining safe housing environments and achieving financial self-sufficiency. Call Community & Resident Services at (859) 300-5300 to schedule an appointment.
- Community Action Council – Community Action Council works to prevent, reduce, and eliminate poverty for individuals, families, and communities through direct services and advocacy. In addition to its role with the Housing Stabilization Program, the Council operates other programs that may be able to assist with housing or other essential needs. Call Community Action Council at (859) 233-4600.