Louisville Metro streamlines process for eviction prevention assistance programs

October 21, 2020

 Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Louisville Metro Government has removed the income requirement for all of its eviction prevention assistance programs in an effort to streamline the application process for all applicants. The income requirement has been replaced with a maximum cap on monthly rental assistance.

Eligible residents can now receive a maximum of $1,750 per month in rental assistance for up to six months. The amount of assistance will continue to be determined based on applicants’ individual rental rates and amount of back rent owed, and all other requirements will remain in place, including proof of COVID-19 impact and notice of overdue payment or pending eviction case.

“We’re making this change to streamline the intake process to get help to our residents facing eviction more quickly. So many tenants have accumulated rent debt due to previous COVID-19-related unemployment, and while some may have regained employment, they’re still in a catch-22 where they might never be able to get caught up on their rent payments and stabilize their household without assistance,” said Mayor Fischer.

“Thank you to our teams at Louisville Metro’s Office of Housing and Office of Resilience and Community Services, as well as our many partners, who are working every day to connect residents to resources,” he added.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people from all neighborhoods and walks of life. While we work to control the spread of COVID-19, we must also tackle the economic fallout the pandemic has created in our community,” said Metro Council President David James. “Providing assistance to Louisvillians facing eviction is a critical part of stabilizing our economy and preventing a wave of homelessness.”

This summer, Louisville Metro Government allocated $21.2 million in federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security) Act money toward eviction prevention assistance. The city has established a program to assist individuals, the Eviction Prevention for Households Program, through the Office of Resilience and Community Services, as well as a program that allows landlords of subsidized units to apply for assistance on behalf of their tenants, the Landlord Tenant Rental Assistance Program, through the Office of Housing.

In addition, the Office of Housing has partnered with the court system and Legal Aid Society on the Eviction Diversion Pilot Program, which acts as a backstop for eviction as cases enter the court system. As of Oct. 16, the three programs have allocated $5.4 million, assisting 3,246 households and 6,199 total residents in Jefferson County.

Recently, Louisville Metro also reallocated $3 million from the Landlord Tenant Rental Assistance Program for external agency agreements with the Coalition for the Homeless and the Association of Community Ministries to administer eviction prevention programs.

“Secure and safe housing is the most basic need and right of every Louisvillian, and the expansion of the eviction prevention program is not only important, but essential,” said Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey, D-3. “There is unprecedented need at this time that spans beyond race, socioeconomic status and geography. This program is the very best for anyone facing their worst, and it shows we are a compassionate Louisville.” 

On Aug. 25, Gov. Andy Beshear rescinded an executive order suspending residential evictions for failure to pay rent and replaced it with a new order requiring landlords to provide at least 30 days’ notice to tenants that they plan to evict for failure to pay rent. Under the order, landlords cannot apply penalties, late fees or interest related to non-payment of rent from March 6 to Dec. 31, 2020.

In addition to the other eviction prevention programs, the Office of Resilience and Community Services has distributed more than $2.8 million raised through the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund to landlords and/or utility companies on behalf of 3,324 households.

Louisville Metro also has allocated $5.5 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) toward eviction prevention and housing stabilization for low-income and homeless persons.

For information about all the resources and services available to those facing eviction, visit StopMyEviction.org

For details about the Eviction Prevention for Households Program, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services

For details about the Landlord Tenant Rental Assistance Program, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/develop-louisville/eviction-prevention