Homelessness and housing insecurity are realities in every community in Kentucky. Professionals in the social services and affordable housing fields believe that city leaders must be part of any solution to these issues. The Kentucky League of Cities Homelessness and Housing effort is an ongoing initiative (launched 2021) to provide information and resources for members.
Persons experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity can be anyone-our parents, siblings, children, or friends. View video profiles of Kentuckians who have experienced homelessness.
Literal homelessness – living on the street or in a shelter - is only part of the problem. It also means living doubled up, couch surfing, living in a car or even in a home that is uninhabitable. Housing insecurity also means being on the verge of being without a home.
There are huge gaps statewide for affordable and available housing. In fact, studies from 2017-2019 estimate that Kentucky is short between 78,000 – 100,000 affordable homes/units to rent. And COVID only made it worse. The Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) is the funding source for most federal housing-related funds. With some exceptions (Lexington and Louisville), Kentucky cities do not receive direct funding, so it is important for cities to understand what is happening in their jurisdiction and region regarding housing funds.
Read the KLC DirectLine e-newsletter and check KLC Training.
With questions on these resources email KLC Member Relations Manager Terri Johnson or call 859-977-3784.