Kentucky to receive $1 million for transitional housing for recovering addicts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – Kentucky will receive more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the transitional housing pilot program for recovering addicts.

The transitional housing pilot program will support long-term recovery by providing funding for temporary housing opportunities for individuals until they can arrange a more permanent living situation.

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In 2019, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured $25 million for the pilot program, and Kentucky will be one of the highest recipients of funding under this program.

“As Senate Majority Leader, fighting the opioid and substance abuse epidemic and helping Kentuckians in recovery get back to work has been one of my top priorities,” said Senator McConnell.  “Kentuckians who find themselves trapped in the cycle of addiction often need assistance to find stable living and employment, which are vital to their long-term recovery. This HUD funding will help Kentucky organizations support individuals transitioning from treatment back into the workforce until they can secure a permanent housing arrangement.”

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 2018 saw the first nationwide decline in drug overdose deaths since 1990. Kentucky’s overdose fatalities fell by nearly 15% — the largest drop in more than a decade — and the rate declined by 5% nationwide.

 

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