During these ever-changing times with COVID-19, Central Kentucky Community Action Council (CKCAC) continues our social distancing, as we know April could be a very difficult month in our region. After the dust settles, CKCAC knows reality will set in with our clients and our team will be available to assist in any way we can.
I applaud the passage of the Economic Stimulus Bill in response to the nation’s COVID-19 health crisis. CKCAC is among those networks of Community Action agencies, volunteers and dedicated partners, that are on the front lines every day. We are working everyday to assist Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens, and help them achieve self-sufficiency and improve health outcomes.
Included in this historic stimulus bill is $1.9 billion in increased funding to support two vital programs delivered by Community Action agencies across the country. One is the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). CSBG was allocated $1 billion in additional funding, while LIHEAP will receive an additional $900 million.
CSBG is a diverse program designed to give Community Action agencies the ability to provide a wide range of support in the areas of employment, education, transportation, food security, housing and more. LIHEAP is utilized to support individuals and families struggling to pay heating costs. Both programs are instrumental in CKCAC’s ability to provide comprehensive services that directly address the Social Determinants of Health.
This crisis and the resulting efforts to rebuild our economy are deeply personal for all those involved in delivering upon the Community Action Promise. While the exact amount of Kentucky’s & CKCAC’s allocation is still to be determined, I am extremely encouraged by what this means for our ability to expand our support to those in need of help.
Central Kentucky Community Action Council changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. Thanks to our team who are on the front lines during this pandemic, thank you for your dedication during this time. As always, thanks for your support. More to come……………much more.