Specialized Housing Programs
As long as we live, we must try to leave the world a better place than we found it – even if it’s only in the small corner we occupy. – State Representative Mae Street Kidd
KHC's Housing Contract Administration (HCA) administers multiple resources that are for the benefit of no- to low-income and hardest-to-serve Kentuckians. These programs serve the homeless and/or special needs populations. KHC strives to ensure that these programs serve these populations in the most effective ways possible.
Continuum of Care (CoC) refers to the comprehensive approach of addressing homelessness by providing an array of progressive housing programs and services. These programs are designed to coordinate the provisions of emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing for homeless people with disabilities, as well as rental assistance and supportive services.
Chafee Room and Board is administered by KHC through a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Human Services. Eligible participants are young adults ages 18-21 who were in foster care at their 18th birthday or who were in the Juvenile Justice system.
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program is designed to identify sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, as well as those at risk of homelessness, and provide the services necessary to help those persons quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) provides housing and services to persons with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases and their families.
The Olmstead Housing Initiative (OHI) is a partnership between KHC and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. OHI was created to meet the housing needs of one of the hardest to serve populations: people with Severe Mental Illness who are in institutions, or who are at-risk of institutionalization.
Recovery Kentucky seeks to end homelessness by addressing the root causes of homelessness in the state: chemical dependency, domestic violence, and mental illness.
Scholar House is a housing and education initiative that enables the head-of-household to reach self-sufficiency (free of public assistance, including housing). The housing and education components are operated as one unit, with housing depending on the client’s successful participation in the education.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a national initiative to provide training to case managers and other social service workers as they assist their clients in applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
For a complete listing of homeless resources and more details, please see our Homeless Programs Resource Guide.