The Supportive Housing Program (SHP) goal is to promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in the transition from homelessness and to enable them to live as independently as possible. SHP seeks to help homeless individuals and families to achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or incomes and obtain greater self-determination.
To be eligible, ...
- income for all household members combined must not exceed 125% of current federal poverty income guidelines.
- you must be living on the street or in emergency shelter
- you would be living on the street or in emergency shelter without SHP assistance
- you show some indication of ability and interest in housing stability
- you must show a willingness to complete six months of case management
We also strive to serve our clients with fairness in a professional manner. If you have any comments or complaints to help us serve our communities better, please fill out our Comments Form, also available in Spanish.
The following stories are true accounts of how our Supportive Housing Program has helped members of our community get back on their feet again! The names have been changed to protect confidentiality.
C.S. is a very hardworking, single 42-year-old female, who around a year ago was living on her own. She had a full-time job with benefits, and she was also able to put money into a savings account. From the public’s view, she was a stable and self-sufficient woman.
While at work, C.S. met and began a relationship with a fellow co-worker. As the two got to know each other and date more, the relationship appeared good to the both of them, and they decided to get married.
Shortly after they married, C.S.’s husband was offered a job in a different county. As a result of the job offer and consequently the new job, the couple relocated to the new county. C.S. maintained her job in the previous county. Traveling back and forth, from county to county for a few months was taking its toll on C.S., and she decided to find a job closer to their new home.
Soon after the couple married, C.S.’s husband became verbally abusive. As the days went on, the abuse worsened. Also, C.S. discovered that her abusive husband was charging excessive amounts to her credit cards and was even withdrawing money from her hard earned savings account. Over the next few months, things only seemed to get worse. C.S. decided that the best thing for her to do was to leave her husband.
When C.S. left her new home and abusive husband, she took only the clothes on her back. For some time, she stayed with some friends from church. Additionally, the church that C.S. attended helped as much as possible and then referred her to Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Inc.
When C.S. arrived at Community Action she met with a case worker and was entered into the Supportive Housing Program. Over the next six months, she was able to return to her previous job, and found safe, permanent housing. The Supportive Housing Program also assisted her in finding and locating furniture and other various household items that she desperately needed. C.S. kept all of her follow-up appointments and completed the Supportive Housing Program.
In January 2004, Mr. and Mrs. B came to the office seeking assistance with housing. Mr. B was the maintenance worker for an apartment complex. As part of his package as the maintenance worker, his family was able to live on the property rent-free. After a recent ice storm, Mr. B fell on a patch of ice, injuring his shoulder and leg. As his injuries were healing, he re-injured his shoulder again making it impossible for him to return to work. His employer gave him and his wife an eviction notice to vacate the property. With Mr. B unable to work and Mrs. B already receiving Disability, they did not know what they were going to do. They had never been in a homeless situation before, but now they were facing it head-on.
The B’s were referred to apply the local Housing Authority for an affordable apartment that was based on their income. They then moved into their new apartment with the Housing Authority and enrolled into the Supportive Housing Program. In one of their first follow-up appointments, the couple began the process of setting up goals, both long term and short-term for them both. When the session was over, Mrs. B asked if they could add more goals and bring them to the next appointment.
While Mr. and Mrs. B liked their apartment, something was missing. The one goal that they really wanted to achieve was to eventually move into their own home. They were working hard to save a little money each month to help them reach their goal of home-ownership.
T.D., a Vietnam Veteran, served five years in the United States Army, and then he eventually transferred to the National Guard. T.D. was in the National Guard for ten years and when he left in 1988, he had an E-4 rank as a medic specialist. The transition from military life to civilian life was proving not easy for T.D.
T.D. had to face a lot of health problems. His body and spirit endured six heart attacks. With mounting medical bills and no income, life was not easy. T.D. found himself homeless and living on the streets. He would occasionally stay with some of his friends. Then, one day T.D. walked into the Community Action of Southern Kentucky office. By this time, he was trying and not succeeding at receiving disability income. Upon discovering T.D. was a veteran, he was referred to Department of Veterans Affairs.
T.D. met with the Department of Veterans Affairs representative, and things began “looking up” for him. He was able to receive benefits from the Veterans Affairs, some Social Security income, and housing from the Supportive Housing Program. The Agency also assisted T.D. with four smaller medical bills. T.D. continued meeting with Community Action and the Department of Veterans Affairs representative. T.D. finally began receiving disability and benefits from Social Security. He no longer received income from the Department of Veterans Affairs because he began receiving increases in his Social Security income. Upon T.D.’s exit from the Supportive Housing Program, his income had increased so much that he no longer qualified for any other Agency programs.