Message from our Family Resource Center coordinator
This past week Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. The P-EBT program is an emergency nutrition assistance funding program for:
• Families already receiving assistance can receive P-EBT.
• Children who already receive SNAP, Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program, Kinship Care or Medicaid will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards and do not need to apply separately.
Contact me for more P-EBT Program information.
Deep Springs Family Resource Center
I want to continue reaching out with information and resources you may find helpful. Remember, I am still available and here for your family via phone and email. My job is to serve you and as long as I am able, that’s exactly what I intend to do!
Mrs. O'Ferral, Coordinator email@example.com 859-381-3073
If you are in need of rental, utility, food assistance, or summer camp scholarships, please contact me as soon as possible! I do have funds available to assist, but I’m limited both in amount and time to utilize them. Community agencies also have funds but will be quickly depleted once requests start coming in over the new few weeks. And, again, there is no shame in asking for help
Eviction Rights During COVID-19
Under Governor Beshear’s State of Emergency orders, landlords CANNOT evict you during this time. While they may threaten to change locks or to file eviction, they legally cannot do so.
If you are unable to pay your rent in full, you need to pay as much as you can towards the balance.
Reason being, when the State of Emergency is lifted and if landlords file eviction in court, the documentation of efforts with payments will help considerably toward preventing eviction.
If your landlord is threatening eviction, you have several options:
Contact our local councilmember, Jennifer Mossotti, at 859-280-8246 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the Fair Housing Council at 859-971-8067
Contact Lexington City Government by calling 311. They will then direct you to the correct person.
*If you own a home and are unable to pay your mortgage in full, please contact your mortgage company as soon as possible! Many companies offer programs and support during times such as these, but they need to know your situation. If you simply do not pay in full or at all and do not contact them, your mortgage is at risk for going into default.
Breakfast and Lunch Pick-up Sites
Any child in Fayette County up to the age of 18 is able to receive free meals from FCPS. Deep Springs Elementary is one of the food sites. For other locations, please visit: https://www.fcps.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=7576&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=41967&PageID=1
Miracle Bubbles Laundromat, in partnership with Kentuckians Sowing Generously, is offering free laundry services (including detergent) for families in need. They are complying with COVID-19 safety procedures so the number of families being served at one time is limited. Please email Dr.Douglass@consultant.com to make an appointment.
Humana Member Assistance
If you are a member of Humana Insurance, be it private or Medicaid, you are eligible for their Humana Basic Needs Program. This program is designed to support families by delivering 14 nutritionally-balanced meals (per covered member) and other basic need items. If this would benefit your family and you qualify, PLEASE utilize it! You are able to email myself or Kelli Soard, Humana Community Management Professional, at email@example.com.
Community Action Assistance
Community Action Council is currently distributing diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, and hygiene items for individuals/families in low-income households or those who have suddenly lost income. Items will be given as long as they remain available. Please contact CAC at 859-699-3198 or 859-693-9828 (Spanish) to make an appointment for pick-up.
Helpful Websites and Numbers
For daily updates regarding COVID-19: www.kycovid19.ky.gov
To file for Unemployment: https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
To file for Medicaid or SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits: https://benefind.ky.gov/
To find possible employment: https://www.kychamber.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-whos-hiring
To sign up for 60 days free internet via Spectrum: 855-243-8892
For emergency food assistance from God’s Pantry: 859-259-2308
Ways to Help
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mom would say ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” - Mister Rogers
One thing I have learned in my 17 years at DSE is that we are truly a community of kindness and action. And in tough times, our families rally behind one another! I have received numerous emails and calls from families, asking how they can help. Due to the current social distancing protocols, few, if any, community agencies are requesting volunteers or material goods. However, many are still operating to serve family needs. If you wish to help by making a donation, below are some places to consider:
Deep Springs FRC (non-perishable food items, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, board/card/family games, and art supplies)
Team Kentucky Fund
The Lee Initiative: Restaurant Workers Relief Program
United Way Covid-19 Community Response & Recovery Fund
The Family Dinner Project
These are not endorsed by Fayette County Public Schools nor selected for preference; they are simply agencies and funds that have been publicized by our governor and our local community.