St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky is offering emergency rent assistance to prevent childhood homelessness.
The nonprofit was recently granted $30,000 from the Charles H. Dater Foundation to help prevent homelessness for families with children, according to a press release from the organization.
St. Vincent de Paul’s mission is to keep “children in their homes by providing rent and utility assistance to families in need.”
Assistance is provided through home visits made by volunteers who assess the extent of a family’s need. The home visit will determine if financial assistance can be provided, the nonprofit said.
St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky has provided over $615,000 in rent and utility assistance since October 2021, according to the press statement.
“Stable housing ensures that children remain connected to their friends and neighbors, continue their schooling without interruption, and maintain physical and emotional health. Child homelessness is an ongoing problem in NKY, impacted by the economic fallout of the pandemic where the poorest were most adversely affected,” the release states.
According to the Kentucky Department of Education, more than 800 children enrolled in local schools are experiencing homelessness – 326 children in Campbell County and 482 in Kenton County.
More information about St. Vincent de Paul’s local thrift stores, mission and programs is available at svdpnky.org.