Safety Net in SOuthern Kentucky

Basic needs are met in a timely manner through a coordinated system of resources.

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ACCESS TO BASIC NEEDS: Basic needs of food, clothing, and safe and affordable housing are met.

STRATEGIES:

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE:

1. Provide emergency assistance (food, clothing, shelter, furnishings, utility assistance) to individuals who are homeless or in a financial crisis, incorporating efforts to return the individual to self-sufficiency.

HOUSING:

1. Increase rental housing sustainability supports including financial assistance for low-income (200% of poverty and below) households, and consumer education opportunities for financial literacy and renter/ landlord rights & responsibilities.

2. Increase the availability, and consumer knowledge of availability, of safe, affordable and habitable housing.

3. Decrease total housing costs for low-income households through improved energy efficiency of dwellings.

FOOD:

1. Provide options for healthy and affordable food choices that include nutrition and healthy mean planning education, with focus on reducing both food deserts and service duplication.

CLOTHING:
1. Increase options and access for work related apparel and accessories.

 

TRANSPORTATION: Multiple options for safe and reliable transportation are available.

Strategies:

1. Increase viable transportation options across our communities including, but not limited to, volunteer driver programs, access to low-cost vehicles and/or car loans and alternative, environmentally friendly modes such as bicycles and mopeds.

2. Provide financial supports for low-income (200% of poverty and below) households to access current mass transit routes.

Community members surveyed agreed that having basic needs met, a safe place to live, and knowing how to get help are among the top ten most important issues to be addressed in our community:

SURVEY RESULTS:

# 1: Individuals and families meet their basic needs for food, shelter, and other necessities.
#5: People live in safe, affordable housing.
#10: People know how to get help.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS:

"You make too much money to get benefits, but not enough to live on."
"Elderly have worked all of their lives and are now struggling to afford food."
"At 6:00 pm on a Saturday night who do I call, what do I do?"
"[You] cannot get a  job without a car and cannot get a car because you don't have a job - it becomes a chicken and egg problem."
"I have one heat source and the house isn't weatherized. I just want my little girl to be warm this winter and [I] don't want to have to move."

SECONDARY RESEARCH:

  • In Allen and Hart Counties, 35% of families with children under the age of 5 are living in poverty. - U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2012 Selected Economic Characteristics: American Community Survey 5-year Estimates
  • 75% of households in Butler County do not have income sufficient to avoid spending more than 30% on rental cost.  - Kids Count Data Center, 2014 High Rental Cost Burden

WHY IT MATTERS:

There are thousands of people in our ten-county BRADD area living in poverty every day. Often they go without food, necessary medical care, and, sometimes,a place to call home. Extreme poverty has long-term ramifications for the whole family, especially children. These children are more likely to incur problems with Education, Income, and Health.