The coalition behind COVID-19 Renter Help is a collaboration of staff and volunteers from different agencies in Lexington, KY, who are working to stop COVID-19 evictions in our community before they happen. The program will provide info to tenants eager to know what their protections are, mediate long-term solutions with landlords, connect folks to available resources.
Ultimately, our goal is to keep people in their homes not only during COVID-19 pandemic but after the pandemic has passed. We are working toward this goal by collaborating directly with tenants, landlords, and each other to do what we can to prevent evictions to residents who have been impacted by the pandemic.
Below is the list of agencies working together in the COVID-19 Renter Help program. As we continue to grow our coalition, new partners will be added to this page.
Community Action Council
Community Action Council works to prevent, reduce, and eliminate poverty among individuals, families, and communities through direct services and advocacy. CAC is a member of the Community Action Partnership, a national network of more than 1,000 community action agencies across the United States that work to eliminate poverty on the local level.
The Greater Lexington Apartment Association’s mission is to advocate for an ethical and professional standard in order to best serve the multifamily housing industry for the community, and to enhance the profitability of its members. GLAA’s members are owners, management companies and vendors.
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass provides free civil legal assistance to low income people living in 33 northern and central Kentucky counties. LAB has programs targeted to elderly nursing home residents, those suffering abuse at the hands of a partner, people with a barrier to employment, those who are financially exploited, and those that lack the basic necessities of life.
The Hope Center’s mission is to care for homeless and at-risk persons by providing life-sustaining and life-rebuilding services that are comprehensive and address underlying causes. The agency runs a 24-hour emergency shelter for men, and offers recovery programs for men and women, intensive outpatient services, and mental health care.
Founded in 2000, the Catholic Action Center provides a community of hospitality, safety, and acceptance for those looking for a path from the streets to a home. The CAC offers an opportunity for the community to reach out to those who are disenfranchised, voiceless and left out of social service systems.
Global Lex is a multilingual, multidisciplinary center where local residents and our foreign-born population obtain information, access programs and services, meet to celebrate cultural events and visit our international art gallery.
Based in Lexington, KY, the Lexington Fair Housing Council is fighting to end housing discrimination in Kentucky of all forms and against all persons because of race, skin color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and familial status. LFHC provides advocacy and legal representation to victims of housing discrimination, and offers professional training to housing providers throughout the Commonwealth.
The Urban League of Lexington–Fayette County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Catholic Charities’ mission is to empower and assist the residents of the Diocese of Lexington to improve their quality of life. Services currently offered include affordable mental health counseling, free pregnancy counseling, rent and utility assistance, financial literacy classes, Rachel’s Vineyard retreats, and support for refugees.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention coordinates activities and planning for providers, stakeholders, and affected citizens to ensure an efficient and effective system offering everyone access to shelter, food, employment, housing, and other basic needs and opportunities.
The Department of Social Services operates four core divisions providing an array of multi–generational services, from the “cradle to the rocking chair.” The department also supports collaborative efforts with an existing network of local non-profit organizations and human services agencies.
Lexington Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Lexington Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority of Lexington, Kentucky, has been managing public housing and providing affordable housing opportunities in the Lexington community since 1934. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority manages more than 1,100 units of public housing, over 2,600 Section 8 vouchers, and offers home-ownership opportunities.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
AVOL Kentucky’s mission is to collaborate with communities to End HIV in the Commonwealth. This bold mission for AVOL Kentucky aligns our work with many “calls to action” recently emerging in communities throughout the Nation. We encourage people, organizations, formal and informal groups, elected officials and others in the community to do whatever it takes to get Kentucky’s numbers to specific levels in five key areas by 2023.
REACH was established with a mission to help low- to moderate-income families and individuals become financially self-sufficient and obtain affordable housing. To help families become financially self-sufficient, the agency will provide budget and credit education. To prepare clients for home-ownership, REACH will provide home-ownership education that includes information about the home-buying process and tips on home maintenance. The agency will further assist eligible clients in obtaining affordable housing by providing financial assistance with down payment and closing costs.