LG&E is one of several partners in the Louisville area joining forces as part of a new effort aiming to help those having difficulty as a result of the coronavirus impacts on the community. The effort, called One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, was announced by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on March 18. It's described as a community-wide coalition that will rapidly deploy resources to individuals and community-based organizations working at the frontlines of our region's coronavirus outbreak.
The fund will provide grants to both community-based organizations, to address short and long-term impacts on nonprofits; as well as to families and individuals. Funds for organizations will be released on a rolling basis. Funds for families and individuals will be managed by the Louisville Metro Office for Resilience and Community Services (RCS).
Specific support may include rental assistance, childcare assistance, transportation support, food access, utility assistance, pharmaceutical needs or other needs as determined.
"Our primary objective in partnering on this effort is to help get assistance in the hands of those who need it most during these trying times," said Chairman, CEO and President Paul Thompson. "We know that our customers — both residential and business — are already struggling. Combining resources and working together will give us the best chance at helping our community weather this ongoing crisis."
Individuals will request support by contacting their nearest Neighborhood Place location. Each household will be eligible for up to $1,000 in emergency funding.
To be eligible for support, individuals/households must be Jefferson County residents with an income at or below 80% Area Median Income and have a need for any of the assistance listed above. They must also demonstrate a loss of earned income related to the COVID-19 pandemic due to medical reasons, business closure or layoff, or school closures.
The company continues to explore opportunities to partner in providing relief for customers across the service territories.