Provides $38.7 Million More in Eviction, Utility Relief to Help Families in Lexington, Louisville, $55.9 million still available in the state’s program for rent and utility assistance
Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund
The commonwealth received an allocation of $264 million in federal funds for the emergency rental assistance program. With this, the Beshear administration launched the Team Kentucky Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund (HHERF), in partnership with Kentucky Housing Corporation and, working with partners, has paid out $119.7 million in rent and utility assistance to 25,789 Kentucky households. This is an average of $4,639 per household. This includes $108 million in rental assistance and $12.8 million in utility assistance.
Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund
Last month, Gov. Beshear also announced that, thanks to $85.4 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, the commonwealth launched the Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund. Qualified homeowners can visit teamkyhaf.ky.gov to apply for up to $35,000 in assistance to help with delinquent mortgage payments, property taxes, homeowner’s and/or flood insurance, homeowners’ association fees and utility costs.
Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Police Telecommunicator
Week ending March 6, there were 12,010 newly reported cases of COVID-19 and the 7-day test positivity rate was 6.04%. Cases and the positivity rate have decreased compared with the prior week, ending February 27, when there were 13,305 new cases and the average test positivity rate was 9.01%.
COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
- Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,887,805
- Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,085,434
- Today’s Positivity Rate: 6.04%
- Current Hospitalizations: 652
- Current Intensive Care Admittances: 148
- Currently on Ventilators: 88
During the week ending March 6, 275 deaths were reported and for the week ending February 27, 196 deaths were reported in Kentucky.
The Governor added that every home in the country is now able to order four additional free at-home COVID-19 tests. The rapid antigen at-home tests can be taken anywhere and provide results within 30 minutes. The tests will be sent through the U.S. Postal Service, and Kentuckians can order them by visiting covidtests.gov
Kentucky’s 2021 Annual Unemployment Rate Decreased to 4.7%
Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate for 2021 was 4.7% according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The rate is lower than the national rate and is a decrease from 6.4% in 2020. To see the full release, click here.
Capitol and Mansion Lighting to Support the People of Ukraine
The Governor said that the Capitol dome and Governor’s Mansion will continue to light up blue and yellow in honor of Ukraine and he invited Kentuckians to light their homes as well. The Governor again emphasized that Americans should be united during this difficult time.
Signs Legislation Allowing Kentucky’s Student-Athletes to Profit from their Name, Image and Likeness, Last year, Gov. Beshear was the first governor to sign an executive order to allow compensation