Public Assistance

Homeownership Assistance

Need help buying a home? You may qualify for one of these programs.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

The housing choice voucher program provides assistance to very low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Housing can include single-family homes, townhouses and apartments and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)

The Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) is free or low-cost health insurance for children younger than 19 without health insurance. Children in families with incomes less than 213 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible.

Kentucky Food Benefits/EBT

Kentucky Food Benefits/EBT helps people with little or no money buy enough food for healthy meals. It does this by providing people with an EBT card, which can be used to buy food at participating stores. 

Kentucky Head Start

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. 

Kentucky Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income Kentucky families pay high heating bills. High-energy costs can break a low-income family, or force a family to choose between heat and food or medicine.

Kentucky Medical Program (KMP)

The Kentucky Medical Program is intended to provide medical and health-related assistance to low-income individuals and families who have no medical insurance or have inadequate medical insurance. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky, a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income.

Kentucky Office for Refugees

The Kentucky Office for Refugees is here to support refugees as they start this new and hopeful chapter of their lives. We serve as the state refugee coordinator’s office, providing funding and resources to direct service providers that offer numerous programs for the refugee population in Kentucky.

Kentucky School Breakfast and Lunch Program

The National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs are part of the Division of School & Community Nutrition within the Kentucky Department of Education. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

Kentucky Special Milk Program

The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and non-profit childcare institutions that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. The program reimburses institutions for the milk they serve. Schools in the…

Kentucky Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

Kentucky Summer Food Service

The Summer Food Service Program was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available.  For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky.

Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP)

Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) is the monetary assistance program established by Kentucky using Federal funds from the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) block grant. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky, a U.S. citizen or qualified alien, unemployed or under employed (working for very low wages), a parent/relative caregiver who is responsible for children up to the age of 18 (or 19 years old if meeting the school attendance requirement), and have low or very low income.

Kentucky Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Kentucky's eligibility requirements.

Kentucky Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program is the nation's largest residential energy efficiency program. Trained inspectors and crews with state of the art equipment aim to reduce the cost of energy for low income families.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides grant funds to states and territories to provide families with financial assistance and related support services. State-administered programs may include childcare assistance, job preparation, and work assistance.