Gov. Beshear holds Team Kentucky update
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held his weekly Team Kentucky update in Louisville on Thursday, August 18.
The briefing will be held at the Galt House after Gov. Beshear kicked off the 2022 Kentucky State Fair.
The governor gave an update on a variety of topics, which can included economic development, infrastructure improvements, as well as the state’s response to the flooding in Eastern Kentucky.
“It is important, even for those who have been through the most difficult of times these last couple of weeks, to see that there is a big bright future in front of us. Yes, we might get knocked down, but we don’t get knocked out, and we also don’t get knocked backward,” Gov. Beshear said. “As a commonwealth, we can pick up our brothers and sisters in the west and the east, rebuild lives, rebuild towns and also move forward in providing the type of economic opportunity for our kids and our kids’ kids that we have always dreamed of.”
Gov. Beshear says over $42 million in grants have been approved under the FEMA Individuals and Households Program for 5,267 households:
- Nearly $32.4 million in Housing Assistance grants to homeowners to bring their damaged properties to a sanitary and habitable condition; and
- $8 million in Other Needs Assistance provides grants to provide applicants for immediate needs such as medical and dental expenses, moving and storage, funeral costs and childcare.
“There’s a lot of moving pieces, and we’re going to try to further drill down on the different buckets. How many are pending, how many have been denied, how many have been denied and then later approved, what are the reasons,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are getting more transparency and more numbers. I will help us to be good advocates and it will help families to know the additional work they need to do.”
In addition to a Disaster Recovery Center, Kentuckians can also apply through FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov, on their mobile app and by calling 800-621-3362.
Two Mobile Registration Centers are now open in Magoffin and Owsley counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To see the locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources. Gov. Beshear encouraged those who have been approved for assistance to sign up for direct deposit with FEMA.
Call FEMA at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) to sign up for electronic deposits.
Red Cross Blood Drive
On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear, First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman donated blood at an American Red Cross blood drive in the Capitol Rotunda.
“We are going through some incredibly tough times in Kentucky, and the importance of donating blood has never been higher,” Gov. Beshear said. “One way that we can make sure we are there for those who were there for us is to ensure we have a blood supply in this country that is there and ready to help those that experience physical trauma during one of these disasters.”
This summer, the American Red Cross faced a 20 percent drop in the blood supply, according to a release.
American Red Cross says this decline may soon make it tougher to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves.
During the event, Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to visit RedCrossBlood.org to find a blood drive or donation location near them and to donate blood to help those in need.
Kentucky State Fair
The governor attended the Kentucky State Fair’s Commodity Appreciation Breakfast and celebrated the hard work of Kentucky farmers. He also attended the Fair’s Opening Ceremonies and visited several booths.
“For many families, I hope this is a chance to take a breath with everything we’ve been through these last two-and-a-half years, to bring many generations together to continue great traditions, and ultimately to see so much of what our state has to offer,” Gov. Beshear said.
Gov. Beshear also recognized the Kentucky Distillers Association, which is hosting a bourbon auction with all proceeds going to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. The auction is now open through Aug. 21. Visit kybourbonbenefit.com for more information.
“100 percet of the funds raised from the Kentucky Bourbon Auction will go to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. Last time, people not only enjoyed it, but you could tell that they were really giving because they wanted to help,” Gov. Beshear said. “Thank you to all these companies that are really going above and beyond.”
Health Updates: COVID-19, monkeypox
Gov. Beshear said COVID-19 continues to spread in the state; but, he is hopeful that most communities will have a plateau or slight decline.
He says several counties are now back to a low COVID-19 Community Level.
The governor encouraged those who are sick to stay home to avoid spreading disease to others.
A total of 17 cases of monkeypox have been identified in Kentucky, all occurring in adults.
Anyone who is concerned they may have symptoms of monkeypox or who may have been exposed to the virus should talk to their health care provider.
Funding for housing, education
Gov. Beshear announced more than $25 million in AmeriCorps grant funding, along with private and public matching funds, that will help Kentuckians with needs such as housing assistance, food and more.
“I want to thank AmeriCorps and the 24 other sponsor organizations for their support and hard work in helping us improve the lives of our Kentucky families and communities,” Gov. Beshear said. “Team Kentucky is committed to building a better future for all of our people and this support shows us what we can accomplish when we work together.” The funds include $14 million in AmeriCorps federal grants, combined with $6.7 million in private and public matching funds. The awards will provide help with housing and food to Kentuckians in need and will provide tutoring, teaching, and other educational services for students in all grade levels through post-secondary education. The funds also help health departments, senior centers and hospice facilities meet the basic needs of Kentuckians.
Additionally, $5 million will be provided in education awards for AmeriCorps program participants.
After completing a full term of service, Gov. Beshear says AmeriCorps members are eligible for $6,495 for college, postsecondary education or to pay back student loans.
The funding breakdown includes:
- More than $8.9 million in national competitive grant funding for nine AmeriCorps programs, including two new Public Health AmeriCorps programs;
- $5.1 million in American Rescue Plan and formula grant funding to support additional state programs;
- $6.9 million in local cash or in-kind match from AmeriCorps program sponsors; and
- $4.8 million in education awards from AmeriCorps.
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