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Providing Affordable Housing In Lexington for over 75 Years
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority of Lexington, Kentucky, has been managing public housing and providing affordable housing opportunities in the Lexington community since 1934. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority manages more than 1,100 units of public housing, over 2,600 Section 8 vouchers, and offers homeownership opportunities. We continue to create affordable housing initiatives and make them available to individuals and families in need.
BALLARD APARTMENTS WAITING LIST NOW OPEN
CONNIE GRIFFITH APARTMENTS WAITING LIST NOW OPEN
The Lexington Housing Authority wait list is open for ONE (1) bedroom units at the Project-Based Housing Choice Voucher (PBV) Connie Griffith Apartments for elderly persons (62 years of age or older) households, located at 650 Tower Plaza, Lexington, Kentucky 40508. Interested persons MUST apply online ONLY. To apply click here.
HUD WAIVERS ADOPTED IN REPONSE TO COVID-19
On Friday, April 10, HUD Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published a list of statutory and regulatory waivers to assist PHAs in dealing with the COVID-19 event. The notice is titled “COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers for the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Indian Housing Block Grant and Indian Community Development Block Grant programs, Suspension of Public Housing Assessment System and Section Eight Management Assessment Program” (Notice PIH 2020-05).
Click HERE for a summary listing of the waivers adopted by LHA.
CDC ISSUES ORDER TO HALT EVICTIONS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an order to stop residential evictions to halt the spread of COVID-19. The order, published in the Federal Register September 4, 2020, is effective until December 31, 2020, unless extended.
The order notes that as of late August, there have been over 23 million cases of COVID-19 globally, resulting in over 800,000 deaths. It also states that, domestically, there have been over 5.5 million cases, which have resulted in over 174,000 deaths. Given the “historic threat to public health,” the order notes that “[e]viction moratoria facilitate self-isolation by people who become ill or who are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to an underlying medical condition.” The order also notes that eviction moratoria help implement stay-at-home and social distancing orders, while also preventing homelessness which “increases the likelihood of individuals moving into close quarters in congregate settings, such as homeless shelters, which then puts individuals at higher risk of COVID-19.”
The order institutes a temporary eviction moratorium. It states that a “landlord . . . shall not evict any covered person from any residential property in any State or U.S. territory” in which there are COVID-19 cases. The term “covered person” includes any tenant who states—under the penalty of perjury—to their landlord, owner, or other person with the power to evict that the following conditions have been met:
The person has used their best efforts to obtain available government assistance for rent or housing;
The person meets any of the following three criteria:
The person does not expect to earn more than $99,000 in annual income in calendar year (CY) 2020 (or more than $198,000 for joint tax returns);
The person was not required to report any income in 2019 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); or
The person received a “stimulus check” under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act;
The person is unable to pay the full rent or make a full housing payment due to loss of compensable hours of work, a lay-off, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses;
The person is making “best efforts” to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as possible; and
Eviction would render the individual homeless or force the individual to live in close quarters in a new congregate or shared living setting.
Despite the order, individuals are still obligated to pay rent or make applicable payments. The order does not prevent charging or collecting fees, penalties, and interest for late payments.
Tenants may still be evicted for the following:
Engaging in criminal activity on the premises;
Threatening the health or safety of other residents;
Damaging or posing an immediate and significant risk of damage to property;
Violating any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation relating to health and safety; or
Violating any other contractual obligation (other than late fees, penalties, or interest).
This order does not apply in certain areas. It does not apply in any “State, local, territorial, or tribal area with a moratorium on residential evictions that provides the same or greater level of public-health protection.” Additionally, the order does not apply in American Samoa—which has no reported cases—unless cases develop.
The order includes declaration form. A tenant must provide a copy of the declaration to their landlord, owner, or other individual who has the right to evict. Each adult listed on the lease must complete the declaration. The declaration must be true under a penalty of perjury.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR LHA RESIDENTS & PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
HUD has released a communication that discusses tenant concerns regarding rent and evictions during the pandemic.
Click HERE for details.
As we navigate the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and its impact on our operations, the Lexington Housing Authority (LHA) has made the decision to keep all offices closed to the public.
For your information -
Rent is still due on the first of the month for LHA Public Housing residents.
Maintenance for Public Housing residents has resumed with special instructions regarding social distancing to keep you and LHA employees safe. Call you management office for details.
Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Housing Assistance Payments and Utility Allowance reimbursements will be processed and paid as usual.
Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher inspections have resumed with special instructions regarding social distancing to keep you and LHA employees safe.
All other processes such as certifications, interims, moves and inspections have resumed. Interviews for new admissions, certifications and interims are not conducted face-to-face but rather by phone, mail, email, etc. Call your specialist for more information.
Interims due to a reduction in income will be retroactive upon approval.
Please continue to follow local and federal advisories and stay safe.
Advertising and locating property has never been easier!
The Housing Authority has partnered with GoSection8, which provides an enhanced program to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or town homes in the private market. If you have any questions regarding registering, creating or viewing property listings, please contact the GoSection8 toll-free help line at 1-866-466-7328.
*It is recommended that landlords add photos to their listings for better advertising and faster lease up.
Tenants view rental listings here. The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed.