Good News Homes was established in 2001 by Good News Shelter Corporation, a not-for-profit charitable organization created in 1998 by the local Southern Baptist District Organization (now known as the Oldham-Trimble Baptist Association). Both apartment buildings were constructed with the help of approximately 80 members of the Baptist Builders, a group of volunteers from Oldham, Trimble, and surrounding counties.
Homelessness is right here in Oldham, Trimble, Henry, and our surrounding counties. Kentucky homeless counts continue to indicate there is a homeless problem in Oldham County. Most of our homeless population consists of women with children or families. Fifty percent of those we house are children.
These families are not always visible and, therefore, not necessarily recognized by the government. Families in shelters and transitional housing programs are considered bona fide “homeless”, but those who are “doubled up” with family members or friends are not counted because technically, they are sheltered. They are usually families, most often single women with their children, and they are staying anywhere they can. The fact that they have no home of their own means they have no stability or future for themselves and their children.
The problem of homelessness is discouraging but not hopeless. When Good News is able to help a family, the result is life-changing.
WHAT WE DO
Good News Homes provides Transitional Housing for families in the Oldham – Trimble County communities. Through transitional housing our families live paying a low-cost rent for up to a year while participating in a life skills program which includes budgeting, job skills, and other services as needed.
RAPID RE-HOUSING PROGRAM
Rapid Re-Housing includes medium rental assistance to area landlords for families who are literally homeless. Good News Homes works with these families on budgeting and income, so families will be able to sustain permanent housing once financial assistance is not provided.
PREVENTION & REFERRAL
Good News Homes seeks to assist homeless and at-risk for homeless families in our communities by referring to other services in the area as needed, providing a listening ear and encouragement to consider other supports when we cannot provide housing, one-time rent and / or deposit payments to assist families who have been homeless but have found a rental possibility in Oldham, Henry or Trimble county.