Mayor Gorton, Gov. Beshear discuss Lexington’s Rental Assistance Program

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 3:44 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington program that has helped hundreds with their housing needs since the pandemic started will be managed by a different agency now.

The Community Action Council is taking over Lexington’s House Stabilization Program. Gov. Andy Beshear and Mayor Linda Gorton were on hand to announce the transition Wednesday afternoon.

The pandemic had many fearing they would lose their homes, because loss of job translated to loss of money to pay rent or housing.

“Since its start in late 2020, the program here in Fayette County has helped approximately 1,600 households,” Mayor Gorton said.

She’s talking about the housing stabilization program, and now it’s going to be managed by Community Action.

“I have set an aggressive goal of $500,000 of support to go out every single week. So this money is back in our community and our families are ready to move out of this pandemic,” said Sharon Price with the Community Action Council.

The eviction moratorium ended earlier this year. And it’s because of programs like this that city leaders say the eviction rate is lower now than what it was before the pandemic started.

Mayor Gorton said more than 70 staff members have worked day and night, and on weekends to help people stay in their homes. She said it’s caught some national attention.

“We will soon have discussions with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury. They have seen the good work we have done and want to collect best practices from the program.

“The pandemic has shown us that lines between city and county or city and state don’t mean a whole lot when people’s lives or well-being are on the line,” Gov. Beshear said.

City and state leaders say keeping people in their homes shows the power of working together.

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