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Family Service Society Providing Rent Assistance
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MCCRACKEN COUNTY - Some people who rent homes or apartments have struggled during the shutdowns caused by the pandemic, but couldn't be evicted - until recently. 

Governor Andy Beshear put a moratorium on all evictions in March, but the Kentucky Supreme Court said last week that the court system could resume processing eviction notices. Some landlords have had continuing expenses but haven't received rent and had no recourse until now. 

While the situation is uncomfortable for both the renter and the landlord, one local agency is trying to help. 

"We definitely can help with utility assistance - that has always been a service we've provided," Candace Malloy the Executive Director of Family Service Society said. "Since COVID hit and this moratorium has happened, we are also helping with rent assistance. It is limited, of course; we are generally only able to help up to about $500, but that does make a difference with some folks." 

Family Service Society's goal is to serve as a crisis resource to families of Paducah-McCracken County. During the pandemic, they've continued to support those in need while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

"If somebody is needing assistance they can call our office phone number which is (270) 443-4838, we will do an assesment over the phone, get some information from them and then we will probably have some documents that they will need them to email to us or that we can get from the utility company or the landlord." 

To support the Family Service Society, go to fsspaducah.com, call them or mail a check. 

Published 01:03 PM, Friday Aug. 07, 2020
Updated 01:08 PM, Friday Aug. 07, 2020

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