housing

COMMENTARY

No, that’s not what Louisville’s housing discrimination law does

BY: - January 25, 2024

As one of the sponsors of a 2020 Louisville ordinance banning source of income housing discrimination, I’ve watched in disbelief as members of the Kentucky General Assembly have repeatedly misstated what the law does. In efforts to void that law and keep Lexington from passing a similar ordinance, they have stated that it prevents landlords […]

A bill targeting low-income housing vouchers passes Kentucky Senate

BY: - January 24, 2024

A bill that would prevent Kentucky cities from requiring landlords to accept low-income housing vouchers, something housing advocates say doesn’t happen, passed the state Senate Wednesday by a near party line vote.  The debate on Senate Bill 25 echoed much of what was heard in the House the day before as a similar bill won […]

Grant will help Eastern Kentucky organization fix more houses

BY: - December 6, 2023

The Kentucky Association of Health Plans has given a $50,000 grant to Saint Vincent Mission in Floyd County, which the organization says will go toward building a new warehouse.  With the extra storage space in David, the organization says it can hold onto more materials and fix 15 more houses annually in an area that […]

A newly built home with blue siding and a white trim sits on a lot covered in hay.

For one Kentucky city, a new home highlights the housing challenges rural communities face

BY: - October 25, 2023

Along the Tennessee border in West Kentucky, Fulton County Judge-Executive Jim Martin traced his rural community’s economic challenges, and its coinciding lack of housing, back decades.  As the federal government built interstates throughout the country and in Kentucky in the mid-20th century, less traffic subsequently came through the county as new routes were planned. Garment […]

Report: Flood insurance cost a barrier to Eastern Kentucky recovery

BY: - October 16, 2023

The cost of flood insurance is a large recovery barrier for people living in Eastern Kentucky flood plains, says a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Researcher Matt Klesta reported what locals have said: Flood insurance is too expensive for most residents. Also, floods have made affordable housing problems worse and driven locals […]

Some ‘in limbo’ more than a year after deadly floods hit Eastern Kentucky

BY: - August 17, 2023

More than a year after four feet of water flooded her house, Nancy Herald still doesn’t know when – or if – she’ll return to the home that’s been in her family for nearly five decades.  Driving past the homeplace, even, is too painful. Sometimes she goes inside; sometimes she just passes quietly. And sometimes, […]

After flood anniversary, Beshear says $2 million will secure Floyd County rebuilding site

BY: - July 27, 2023

The day after the one-year anniversary of devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans to provide 34 single-family homes to house flood survivors. Beshear said Thursday that $2 million in Community Development Block Grant funds will be given to the county to acquire two vacant lots — a total of 34 acres […]

Legislature approves $20 million for housing in disaster zones

BY: - March 17, 2023

FRANKFORT — Although it was much less than they had hoped, affordable-housing advocates in Kentucky are applauding the legislature’s decision to put $20 million into a new Rural Housing Trust Fund. The money is not a new appropriation but comes from more than $400 million the legislature had set aside last year for disaster relief […]

Senator says bill will address Kentucky’s housing needs; it’s just not written yet

BY: - February 24, 2023

FRANKFORT — State Sen. Brandon Smith is working on legislation that would address a growing housing crisis in Eastern Kentucky following last summer’s devastating floods. Colleagues of Smith, R-Hazard, filed a shell bill, Senate Bill 286, amid the Senate’s deadline for new bills earlier this week and Smith’s absence. After becoming the primary sponsor Wednesday, […]

Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to help build eight new homes, help cover some home repairs

BY: - January 24, 2023

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund committed $600,000 in funds to build eight new homes in partnership with two housing nonprofits, the Housing Development Alliance in Hazard and Homes Inc. of Whitesburg, Gov. Andy Beshear’s office announced Tuesday. The fund is providing $75,000 per home for building materials. “While we are at the beginning […]

Second ‘higher ground’ site for rebuilding flooded Eastern Kentucky communities is near Hazard

BY: - January 24, 2023

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced a second site on higher ground in flood-ravaged Eastern Kentucky —  this time near Hazard — where plans call for initially building about 150 houses.  The project would be partially funded by the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund in partnership with local nonprofit builders, says a release from […]

COMMENTARY

Louisville sits on $38 million in rent assistance while residents are evicted

BY: - January 18, 2023

This week — like last week and the week before that — some of the 2.394 renters in Louisville who have applied for emergency rental assistance will go to eviction court and get evicted after the city recently received $38 million of emergency rental assistance. More will be evicted without the opportunity to apply for […]