The Northern Kentucky Area Development District addresses housing and homelessness through two programs - the Program Linking Allied Northern Kentucky Services (PLANKS) and the Rural Case Management program. PLANKS provides supportive services and scattered site transitional housing to those individuals and families who meet the criteria for homelessness as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Northern Kentucky Area Development District contracts with the following Northern Kentucky organizations for the provision of PLANKS services:
- Brighton Center
- The Center for Independent Living Options
- Women’s Crisis Center
The Rural Case Management program provides case management as well funding for security and utility deposits to eligible individuals and families located primarily in the five rural counties of Northern Kentucky (Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Owen, and Pendleton) who meet the criteria for homelessness as defined by HUD. This program is administered directly by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. Interested parties should contact NKADD for more information.
The HUD Definition of Homeless establishes four categories under which an individual or family may qualify as homeless. The categories are:
- Literally Homeless – An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, meaning the individual or family has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation or is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangements. This category also includes individuals who are exiting an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately prior to entry into the institution.
- Imminent Risk of Homelessness – an individual or family who will imminently lose (within 14 days) their primary nighttime residence provided that no subsequent residence has been identified and the individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing.
- Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence – any individual or family who is fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Who does the Program Benefit / What are the Benefits?
The PLANKS and Rural Case Management programs are designed to reduce the incidence of homelessness by assisting homeless individuals and families to quickly transition to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
Services Offered within the Program
- Employment assistance and job training
- Basic educational skills
- Case management
- Case management for the physically and cognitively impaired
- Case management for the victims of domestic violence
- Housing search and counseling services
- Life skills training
- Outpatient substance abuse treatment
- Transitional housing (based upon availability)