Northern Kentucky Nonprofits Receive Funding to Prevent Homelessness

St. Vincent de Paul of northern Kentucky is one of three nonprofit organizations in the region to receive homelessness prevention grants from the Horizon Community Fund.
Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has provided Brighton Center, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission and St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky with $ 30,000 each for emergency rental assistance for its Horizon NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund. This assistance will go towards rent not covered by government funding for families and individuals who have been affected by the COVID pandemic. Since the inception of the Fund in March 2020, a total of $ 1,070,000 has been distributed to many areas of need related to the pandemic.

“We are grateful that the number of COVID cases, both nationally and in northern Kentucky, has declined since the start of the year,” said Andrews Kit, member of the Horizon NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund working group and marketing and communication coordinator at Bahl & Gaynor. “However, the need for services remains. Our donors are so generous! Our task force appreciates their continued assistance and is dedicated to meeting the pandemic-related needs of our community for as long as possible.

Brighton Center

Brighton Center is a private, non-profit community organization serving individuals and families in Northern Kentucky since 1966. Brighton Center’s mission is to create opportunities for individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment and leadership. The vision of the Brighton Center is to be an innovative leader who strengthens the vitality of the community and engages people as they work and live to achieve their hopes and dreams. Brighton Center believes in partnering with individuals and families to help them achieve financial stability and independence. In the last fiscal year, the Brighton Center impacted the lives of 27,194 people, from infants to the elderly, in Northern Kentucky’s eight counties and beyond.

“Over the past year, families with access to our emergency assistance services have needed a more frequent and intensive level of support compared to the pre-pandemic period,” said Wonda Winkler, President and CEO of the Brighton Center. “In recent months our appeals for help with rent and housing expenses, including security deposits, have increased, so funding from Horizon Community Funds is timely. We are grateful to Horizon Community Funds for their leadership and rapid response to meet the most urgent needs of families in Northern Kentucky. ”

St. Vincent de Paul of Northern Kentucky

St. Vincent de Paul serves the less fortunate of northern Kentucky with basic necessities, helping families fill a gap in their ability to meet their monthly obligations due to a shortfall. They provide services to people in need residing in 28 parish and conference communities located in Kenton, Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Grant and Pendleton counties. Rent assistance and utilities are the most common requests for assistance. St. Vincent de Paul NKY has seen a record level of applications for financial aid over the past year.

“The economic fallout from COVID-19 continues to reverberate among the most vulnerable in our community,” said Karen zengel, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Northern Kentucky. “We are very grateful to Horizon Community Funds for this grant which will play an important role in preventing homelessness among our neighbors who continue to struggle financially due to the pandemic. We are fortunate to live in Northern Kentucky where the neighbors are here to support each other in their time of need. ”

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission

Since 1966, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission has worked hard to build a solid reputation for providing quality essential services and providing a voice to the families it serves. The Northern Kentucky CAC has two main areas of focus: development and support. Through its developmental focus, the Northern Kentucky CAC helps families develop the skills, abilities and hope necessary to become economically independent. Its support objective provides basic temporary assistance to give families comfort, safety, dignity and security. Their impressive and diverse range of services helps low-income families remove the barriers and circumstances that tend to prevent self-reliance.

“The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is honored to be awarded a relief fund grant from the Horizon Community Fund,” said Catrena bowman-thomas, executive director of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. “This grant will allow us to continue our work in Northern Kentucky to help individuals and families thrive. Over the past 18 months, we have seen a record number of families in need and these funds will help us. greatly to provide much needed assistance. ”

How can you help

“The far-reaching impact that COVID-19 has had on individuals and families is long-lasting and significant,” said Nancy grayson, President of the Horizon Community Funds. “We are grateful that we can alleviate some of the stress for families struggling to stay at home. The generosity of our donors made this possible.

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to donate to the Horizon NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund by:
  • Text “NKYRELIEF” to 44-321
  • Visit
  • Check sent to Horizon Community Funds (memo: NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund): 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 431, Covington, KY 41011
Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is a qualified 501 (c) 3 public charitable organization established as a community foundation in 2017 by the leaders of Northern Kentucky. Its mission is to unite resources to improve the quality of life for all residents of the Northern Kentucky community. For more information, visit the Horizon Funds website.

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