Foothills believes that no matter who a person is or where they come from, they deserve to have a decent place to live and that they deserve to feel strength and stability every day. Many illnesses have kept Deborah from working recently.  She has renal failure, a chronic condition that affects her whole body.  She’s also been trying to determine what a few other health issues are.  “It feels like I’m on pins and needles all the time,” said Deborah.  “I forget a lot of things and shake a great deal.”

Dealing with all of these issues has been hard and stressful.  Circumstances beyond her control led Deborah to search for affordable housing when she moved to Powell County.  She needed help with everything.  She especially needed a place for she and her teenage grandson, Hunter, to live.

“Before I went to Foothills I had never had to ask anyone for help,” said Deborah.  She found the experience somewhat humbling.  “The Foothills’ staff were so gracious,” she exclaimed.  “I was overwhelmed with happiness with how they treated me.  I left the office crying.”

The TBRA program provides rental assistance, security deposit assistance, utility allowance (if home qualifies), and case management which links the participants with services including transportation, medical assistance, budget/credit classes, food assistance, heating/cooling assistance, utility assistance, educational assistance, and  GED preparation.  Funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and passed through Kentucky Housing Corporation, the income based program serves Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell Counties.

Foothills was able to provide Deborah with Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) which also pays a portion of her electric and gas. She’s in the process of applying for disability; which, if awarded, will help immensely.  Participating in this program has given Deborah peace of mind and she can focus on raising Hunter.  She has an incredible support system and family that helps watch over her.

“Foothills has been such a blessing to my family and me,” said Deborah.  “What they’ve done for us is a very big deal.  I am so grateful for the program.”

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