The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded Kentucky a $1.1 million grant through the new Recovery Housing Program for substance abuse transitional housing programs.
The CAREER Act authorized the program, and it became law in 2018 as part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. It was introduced in the Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and in the House by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY).
The CAREER Act instructs HUD to create a pilot program focused on the 25 areas hardest hit by the substance abuse epidemic. Kentucky is one of these areas.
“More help is on the way for Kentuckians in recovery from substance abuse,” Barr said. “Through the Sixth District Recovery Working Group – a coalition of nonprofit addiction recovery organizations that I convened several years ago – I have consistently heard about the need for federal resources to support long-term transitional housing. As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal housing policy, I understand the importance of transitional housing, financial literacy, and job training as part of the recovery process…. This funding will be invaluable for Americans in recovery.”
U.S. Drug Czar Jim Carroll visited Kentucky earlier this year.