Lexington agencies prepare to assist the influx of people with evictions because of COVID-19

Posted at 4:18 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 18:18:24-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As unemployment rates skyrocket because of the global pandemic, state and federal governments have made attempts to provide some relief to people struggling to pay rent over the course of the crisis.

Gov. Andy Beshear ordered an eviction moratorium, suspending evictions for the duration of the state of emergency originally declared in March.

However, the executive order is set to expire on May 31.

COVID-19 Renters Help was created in anticipation of mass evictions that could be filed once the eviction moratorium expires. It’s run by a coalition of more than 20 Lexington agencies with the goal of keeping renters from being displaced.

“It's very stressful. People have no jobs. They’re living off unemployment. The housing situation has, thankfully, been put on hold, but it's coming and we need to prepare for it. And we need to get through this the best way possible,” Executive Director for the Lexington Human Rights Commission Ray Sexton said.

The Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled circuit courts cannot accept eviction filings until 30 days after the expiration of Gov. Beshear’s executive order.

Sexton said they aren’t receiving many calls about evictions yet, but he believes they will begin to drastically increase on July 1.

“I think people aren't realizing how close it is to getting to that point so we're prepared for the worst, but hope for the best,” said Sexton.

COVID-19 Renters Help asks you to fill information about your situation. From there, it connects you with resources to help your specific needs.

“We're going to get you the person that you need and we're going to follow through until you get the help you need,” said Sexton.

You can call the hotline at 859-474-7235 or fill out your information online here.