Kentucky Works Program

Article By:  Tommy Wheatley, Kentucky Works Director

Newsletter   |   Apr 15, 2024

The Kentucky Works Program supports the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the following Kentucky counties. Anderson, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Franklin, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington, and Woodford. Our goal is to assess these individuals to identify barriers, work to overcome those barriers to make them self-sufficient. We also have job readiness classes to help with resumes, job search, job interviews, etc.
  • We currently have 47 clients that are employed in the K-TAP Program. This is up 9 workers since the last quarter. Our Employment Specialists continue to follow up with each of these clients and track the hours they are working. We served 110 clients in the K-Tap program for the second quarter of the fiscal year ending December 31st, 2023, up 67% from last quarter.
  • On the SNAP Employment and Training program we continue to reach out to these clients and complete assessments when they are referred to us. We served 680 clients for the SNAP program during the last quarter, almost doubling the previous quarter. In March we served 336 which is 157 higher than any previous month.
  • We continue to stay in touch with employers and if we do get referrals we match the clients skills with the employer needs to have a good match. We call new employers each week and keep a current job listing for each county we serve.
  • Our staff continues to stay in touch with staff meeting every other month, either in person or virtually to discuss all relative matters in the program.
  • We continue to offer a wage subsidy program where if an employer hires one of our K-TAP clients they will be reimbursed for a portion of their wages during the first six month of employment.
  • We were recently awarded the contract for fiscal years 2025 and 2026