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Beshear launches eviction relief fund website

From the Office of the Governor

FRANKFORT — Gov. Andy Beshear announced this week the launch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website, teamkyhherf.ky.gov, where Kentuckians now can visit and apply for assistance.

“As we continue to wage this battle against COVID-19, we must make sure renters have a home so they can be Healthy at Home, while also safeguarding landlords against undue financial hardship,” Beshear said. “When we come out of this global health crisis, we don’t want Kentuckians facing such insurmountable debt from their housing situation that they are unable to recover. This program will provide some much-needed relief to eligible tenants and property owners during these unprecedented times.”

Kentuckians can visit the site to seek information on how to obtain a portion of $15 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act money the governor pledged to support the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund.

Details of the application of the funds include:

  • Eligible landlords can be reimbursed for missed rent payments and receive some advance rent payments to keep tenants in their homes;
  • For eligible tenants, the program pays up to 90 percent of past-due rent and may also cover up to two months of future rent;
  • For approved applications, payments will be made directly to eligible landlords.

The application window opened Tuesday.

On Friday, Beshear, who has taken repeated steps to keep people from being evicted at the height of the pandemic, updated the state’s executive order on evictions to reflect the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium on residential evictions through Dec. 31.

Under the CDC order, a tenant who signs and submits a declaration to his or her landlord about the inability to timely pay rent cannot be evicted. However, the declaration is required to prevent an eviction.

Like the governor’s prior executive orders on evictions, the CDC order does not relieve anyone of the obligation to pay rent or comply with any other obligation under a tenancy, lease or similar contract. The CDC order allows landlords to charge and collect fees, penalties and interest for failure to timely pay rent, but prohibits evictions for nonpayment or late payment of such fees, penalties or interest.

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