Eviction data show limits of rental assistance

Yesterday, the Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee of the Lexington Urban County Council heard a report on the status of rental assistance in our city. While rental assistance has helped many families, hundreds of Lexingtonians have nonetheless lost their homes. This is because current eviction protections are full of loopholes; far too many families … Continue reading Eviction data show limits of rental assistance

Gorton, Media Should Focus on Stopping Evictions, Not Just Rental Assistance

Yesterday, the Herald-Leader posted an article announcing that Lexington received federal rental assistance money. The article more or less reproduces Mayor Gorton's social media announcements and accompanying press conference. While we appreciate that the story lets people know rental assistance is available, we want to know why the Herald-Leader is not running stories on the … Continue reading Gorton, Media Should Focus on Stopping Evictions, Not Just Rental Assistance

Mayor Gorton Doesn’t Care What Happens to Renters

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has the power and authority to stop the mass evictions that have plagued our city for the last 160 days. With over 1,400 people facing eviction filings since August 24, 2020, hundreds of Lexingtonians have been thrown out of their homes and onto the streets. Mayor Gorton has had the power to stop these atrocities the entire time.

Mayor Linda Gorton Wants to Cut Emergency Rental Assistance to fund Police Trainings

Available rental assistance in Lexington totals just over $1.9 million. The average household recipient receives over $1,700 from the city funds. This means that available city funds are likely to serve under 1,200 people. However, as of November 4, the city had already received 3,400 intakes into its rental assistance program—and over 90% of people who apply are eligible. That means that 2,000 Lexingtonians who are eligible to receive rental assistance and applied will receive no money because the city does not have enough funds—compared to only 1,200 who will receive funds. How does Mayor Gorton respond to this underfunding of eviction prevention? BY CUTTING THE PROGRAM MORE. That ain’t right.