barriers to work

Many employees face barriers like transportation, childcare, expungement and more that can often force them out of the workforce. However, there are many resources available to help you keep your workforce retained at little or no cost to you or your employees. See the resources available in our community to mitigate common workforce barriers. See the resources below that are available in our region to help you overcome barriers.
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR BARRIER REMOVAL:

EVERY COMMUTE COUNTS

Every Commute Counts is a program that promotes and creates opportunities for ridesharing. Rideshare is easier and more flexible than you might think, and isn’t just ordering an Uber or Lyft. Any form of transportation besides a single-occupancy motor vehicle is considered rideshare. Most people know rideshare as two or more people riding to work or any other event together. But rideshare is bigger than that. It includes : group transportation such as carpooling and vanpooling; nonmotorized forms of transportation such as bicycles; or, working from home some or all days, also known as “Telework”.


GOODWILL CARS TO WORK

Goodwill Cars to Work is a program of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc., with the aim of providing affordable transportation to working Kentuckians who either have a disability or experience other barriers toward finding and maintaining employment. We believe in the value of all citizens having access to employment, but realize this is often difficult to achieve. The top three barriers in finding and maintaining employment are childcare, lack of training, and transportation. As part of the program, Goodwill also offers potential participants an optional financial education lesson and exam prior to placement.


MOVING FORWARD (SOUL CLINIC OF KENTUCKIANA

Need help getting to your new job? Moving Forward is a transportation assistance program provided by SOUL Clinic of Kentuckiana that offers bicycle, bus passes & rides through Lyft to and from work until you receive your second paycheck.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future. It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. For over 100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match, and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country.


BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK FOOD SOLUTIONS

Blessings in a Backpack serves over 88,000 students in over 1,000 program locations spread throughout the US. Blessings in a Backpack partners with Sysco nationally to provide the food our programs serve. Through the Sysco network of distribution centers, we are able to offer a variety of nutritional, “kid-friendly” food options for our weekend food, including both case goods (aka “Line Item Menus”) and prepackaged bags of ready-to-eat food (aka “Weekend Food Packs”). Food solutions offered through the national program at Blessings in a Backpack are carefully selected to ensure that we are providing the best nutrition possible for the money spent on food.


BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

To meet the evolving safety needs of kids, families and communities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works continuously to enhance safety policies, practices and trainings to ensure youth are safe and protected. Providing safe spaces for youth is our No. 1 job. Each Club is uniquely catered to its community and has programs for all ages!


CHILDCARE SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH THE EXCEL CENTER (GOODWILL)

The Excel Center provides a number of resources and supportive services to empower you for success. Free, on-site child care is available for students who have little ones. Our Young Learners Child Care provides a safe learning environment designed to help ensure school readiness for children ages 8 weeks to 12 years old.


FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE

Family Scholar House has a mission to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. All families have experienced poverty, unstable housing and, most often, domestic violence. Programs and services are responsive to the needs of families and are provided for all ages. Contact 502-584-8090 orinfo@familyscholarhouse.org


KENTUCKY TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (KTAP)

Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) is the monetary assistance program established by Kentucky using Federal funds from the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) block grant. KTAP provides financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children in Kentucky and the parents, or relatives, with whom the children are living. KTAP also helps families find jobs or get training that leads to a job.


TRAGER FAMILY JCC EARLY LEARNING CENTER

From the moment you enter the JCC Early Learning Center you will realize you are part of a larger community. You and your child will experience art, music, theater, and fitness all under one roof. Our Early Learning Center features experienced faculty, large indoor and outdoor spaces, year round weekly swimming lessons, enrichment classes and so much more.


WESLEY HOUSE WESKIDS CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Wesley House provides early head start and head start education and services to children from birth to five years. Head Start provides children with early education experiences that increase their school readiness skills and prepare them for their next level of learning. In addition to classroom instruction, self directed learning experiences are embraced. Children are served healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy learning in a safe, accepting and supportive environment.

A HAND UP COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER

A Hand Up Community Resource Center offers assistance with financial emergencies such as: utilities, car repairs, medication refills, rent, mortgage, insurances, and childcare. Job seekers can benefit from resume preparation, job readiness, job searches and transportation (bus passes). In addition, A Hand Up offers financial education and coaching.


NURSE AIDE TRAINING

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) administers the Kentucky Nurse Aide Training Program. Kentucky Medicaid provides oversight and technical assistance. A nurse aide must successfully complete the nurse aide training (NAT) and competency evaluation program and may be a nursing student, medication aide or employed through a nursing pool that provides nursing or nursing-related services to a resident in a nursing facility (exclusions apply). See the requirements here.


PAY DAY (SOUL CLINIC OF KENTUCKIANA

Soul Clinic provides a program for job seekers that conducts career assessments, resume writing, assistance in applying for employment, advocating for applicants to the employer, job training, and referrals to other training programs as needed.Learn more here.


WORKFORCE READY GRANT (IN)

The Workforce Ready Grant pays for all tuition and regularly assessed fees for qualifying high-value certificates at any eligible training provider. Workforce Ready Grant recipients earn nearly $7,000 more after getting a certificate. Over 31,000 Hoosiers have been trained for a better job through the Workforce Ready Grant.


WORKFORCE READY SCHOLARSHIP (KY)

The Workforce Ready Kentucky Scholarship is available to Kentucky residents with a high school diploma or students working on their GED, and those without an associate degree or higher. The scholarship is not income or GPA based. No essay is required.


YOUNG ADULT LOUISVILLE INCOME FOR TRANSFORMATION

YALift! is investing in young adults: the impact from previous guaranteed income pilots has demonstrated many positive benefits for those who receive payments, including reduced income volatility, increased wellbeing, and increased participation in the workforce.


Did you know that both state and federal dollars are sometimes available to help offset training costs for employers? If you’re thinking of investing in your employees with training, make sure you know whether or not some or all of those costs can be offset. In addition, GLI has many resources for taxes & financial incentives.

BLUEGRASS STATE SKILLS GRANT PROGRAM

The Bluegrass State Skills Grant Program is a competitive grant-in-aid program’s basic purpose is to improve and promote employment opportunities for the residents of Kentucky through training grants with business and industry. The GIA program provides up to 50% reimbursement of eligible costs to companies/consortia for approved training activities. Consortia projects, which promote collaborative training initiatives for companies that have common training needs, must be industry-driven and be a partnership between business/industry, education, and government working together to maximize the effectiveness of the current and future workforce. For GIA grant funding consideration, a company must complete and submit an application and receive approval from the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation Board of Directors. Once the application is approved by the board the company can begin eligible training.


DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL LOAN FUND

The Downtown Commercial Loan Fund (DCLF) by the Louisville Downtown Partnership has leveraged its $4.3 million dollars of gap financing into over $72 million dollars of commercial development in Downtown Louisville and its edge neighborhoods. DCLF has financed an eclectic range of projects which have brought new jobs to Downtown while fostering the preservation and adaptive reuse of existing Downtown properties. These projects range from the revitalization of historic Whiskey Row to exciting new developments in the SoBro and NuLu neighborhoods.


KCTCS-TRAINS FUNDING FOR INCUMBENT WORKERS

All for-profit companies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are eligible for KCTCS-TRAINS funding. KCTCS-TRAINS will support projects for existing Kentucky companies that are requiring employees to learn new skills in their jobs AND companies that are contributing to Kentucky’s economic development. For incumbent worker training, companies are required to pay 50% of the cost and KCTCS-TRAINS reimburses the college directly for the remaining 50%. Colleges will work with the company to identify a schedule for invoicing and companies are invoiced after services are delivered.


KENTUCKY WORKFORCE GRANTS

Learn more and see available grant programs here.


METCO BUSINESS ACCELERATOR LOANS PROGRAM (LOUISVILLE METRO GOVERNMENT)

The METCO Business Accelerator Loan is available to new and existing small businesses in low to moderate income neighborhoods who have barriers to obtaining traditional financing. Eligibility is based on where your business is located. Check your location’s eligibility here.


METCO LOANS PROGRAM (LOUISVILLE METRO GOVERNMENT)

The Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO) administers Louisville Metro’s small business and commercial property loans for new and expanding businesses in Jefferson County. Loans can be used for start-up and expansion costs, including equipment purchases, buildout, and working capital, as well as for commercial property improvements. Loan applications are evaluated on: business plan, financial feasibility, owner experience, and credit-worthiness. Collateral is required for all METCO loans except the Business Accelerator Loan.


NASE GROWTH GRANTS – NEED CAPITAL FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

Apply for an NASE Growth Grant: four winners are chosen each quarter to be awarded up to $4,000 grant to support the growth of their business. Do you have plans for the steps you would take to grow your business, if you only had the available capital to do so? Would you hire and train additional employees? Market your business in new and exciting ways? Invest in new equipment or software? The NASE can help. Since 2006, the NASE has awarded nearly $1,000,000 to members just like you through the Growth Grants® program by providing small business grants.


NURSE AIDE TRAINING FOR NURSING FACILITIES

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) administers the Kentucky Nurse Aide Training Program. Kentucky Medicaid provides oversight and technical assistance. Nursing facilities with an approved nurse aide training program may be eligible for reimbursement for nurse aides who successfully complete the training and pass the state exam. See the requirements here.


SKILLS TRAINING INVESTMENT CREDIT

The Skills Training Investment Credit program offers state income tax credits for approved training programs for existing employees of companies engaged in the manufacturing, agribusiness, non-retail service or technology, national or regional headquarters, and healthcare company sectors.


WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring veterans and other targeted populations who often face barriers to employment. The amount of the tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,600 per individual hired. This Federal tax credit incentive program enables the new employees to gradually move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers, while participating employers are compensated by reducing their federal income tax liability.


FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE

Family Scholar House provides support to single parents who want to attend college but may need some help overcoming barriers to education. Participants enroll in the colleges of their choice to pursue the courses of study of their choice, with the goal to obtain a baccalaureate degree. For more information, contact 502-584-8090 or info@familyscholarhouse.org


LOUISVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Louisville Free Public Library meets the diverse community’s needs, interests, and priorities with opportunities for learning, intellectual stimulation, and personal enjoyment.


NURSE AIDE TRAINING

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) administers the Kentucky Nurse Aide Training Program. Kentucky Medicaid provides oversight and technical assistance. A nurse aide must successfully complete the nurse aide training (NAT) and competency evaluation program and may be a nursing student, medication aide or employed through a nursing pool that provides nursing or nursing-related services to a resident in a nursing facility (exclusions apply). See the requirements here.


WORKFORCE READY GRANT (IN)

The Workforce Ready Grant pays for all tuition and regularly assessed fees for qualifying high-value certificates at any eligible training provider. Workforce Ready Grant recipients earn nearly $7,000 more after getting a certificate. Over 31,000 Hoosiers have been trained for a better job through the Workforce Ready Grant.


WORKFORCE READY SCHOLARSHIP (KY)

The Workforce Ready Kentucky Scholarship is available to Kentucky residents with a high school diploma or students working on their GED, and those without an associate degree or higher. The scholarship is not income or GPA based. No essay is required.

Kentucky has recently enacted widespread reforms to tax code policy. Reforms include the repeal of the corporate license tax and the intangible property tax, as well as a reduction in the corporate income tax rate from 8.25 percent to the current 6%. Personal income taxes have also been reduced to a range of 2-6%.

Indiana ranks 10th in Tax Foundation’s 2020 Business Tax Climate Index. The cost of doing business in Indiana is very favorable, due in part to having one of the best workers’ compensation rates and unemployment tax rates. Due to recent legislation, corporate tax for Indiana is set to drop from 7% to 4.9% by 2021. Learn more about Greater Louisville resources here and below.


ATTICUS

Atticus is a free service that helps you determine if you’re eligible for disability benefits, apply, or find legal representation if you need it. If you are injured, disabled, or too sick to work, Atticus helps you get access to disability benefits by providing information, advice, and referring you to legal services if necessary.


DISMAS CHARITIES

Dismas Charities gives individuals coming out of incarceration the skills and motivation to re-enter society as contributing members. The work of Dismas is to end the cycle of victimization and to heal the human spirit.


LOUISVILLE ASSET BUILDING COALITION (LABC)

The Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) provides free tax services in the Louisville community and surrounding areas of Jefferson County. Through their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in partnership with the IRS, they ensure that working families and individuals are maximizing their tax benefits, receiving quality tax preparation services, and gaining access to asset-building opportunities. In Louisville, over 80,000 families are eligible for roughly $34 million dollars from the Earned Income Tax Credit that goes unclaimed each year. LABC provides a free service alternative to the high cost of paid tax preparation services, with a goal of ensuring that everyone who qualifies can access an array of available tax credits including earned income, child, retirement savings, and education, to name a few. Contact info@labcservices.org or 502-574-5687.

SOUL CLINIC OF KENTUCKIANA

The SOUL Clinic of Kentuckiana helps individuals complete paperwork and determine eligibility for supplemental security income, disability & expungement screenings, and obtaining a state-issued ID or driver’s license, birth certificate, or social security card. In addition, Soul Clinic can help individuals applying for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or KPAP (Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program).


CLEAN START BY THE LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE

The Louisville Urban League offers the Clean Start Program to help people pay their rent and utilities, find reliable transportation, and seek mental health counseling. In addition, the folks in Clean Start also get peace of mind through stable employment with FMS. Contact 502-585-4622.


DOWNTOWN HOUSING ASSISTANCE FUND

The Downtown Housing Assistance Fund (DHA) by the Louisville Downtown Partnership was created in 2001 and was designed to assist urban developers in financing their Downtown housing projects, fostering the growth of residential development in Downtown Louisville and its adjacent neighborhoods. Since its inception in 2001, DHA has had remarkable results. There have been no loan defaults and all borrowers have paid in full.


EVICTION PREVENTION ASSISTANCE

– The Eviction Prevention Program by the City of Louisville provides financial assistance for rent to households that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

– The Eviction Prevention Program by Neighborhood Place brings together staff from multiple agencies in one readily accessible location under a single team leader to work respectfully with families in their own neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Place centers were built on a shared vision that includes eight regionally located Neighborhood Place Centers. The core services at each Neighborhood Place include health, mental health, juvenile services, school-related services, financial and housing assistance, and child and adult welfare services.

– The Eviction Prevention Program by Volunteers of America helps to stabilize residents living in Louisville Metro Housing Authority properties by preventing evictions. This organization provides immediate financial assistance and crisis intervention, helps to develop a customized case plan for each family and/or individual, resolves problems on behalf of the tenant, and, provides referrals to other needed community resources.


FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS

Family Health Centers: Having health insurance provides peace of mind. With health insurance, you and your family are able to see a provider and get your medicines when you need them, not just when you can afford it. Family Health Centers has staff on-site to help you apply for free or low cost health insurance. If you are interested in finding out what free or low-cost health insurance options are available to you, contact Family Health Centers at (502) 366-4747.


KENTUCKY PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SOUL CLINIC OF KENTUCKIANA)

The SOUL Clinic of Kentuckiana mediates with Department of Public Health Services and assists consumers with enrollment into KPAP, Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program. This program collaborates with medical personnel and community agencies, like churches, hospitals and social services, to provide information about KPAP, identify resources and determine how the community can best help individuals access assistance programs.


SHIRLEY’S WAY

Shirley’s Way provides Financial Assistance for individuals who are undergoing medical care for cancer and other diseases.

CLEAN START BY THE LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE

The Louisville Urban League offers the Clean Start Program to help people pay their rent and utilities, find reliable transportation, and seek mental health counseling. In addition, the folks in Clean Start also get peace of mind through stable employment with FMS. Contact 502-585-4622.


DROPS OF KINDNESS: WATER & SEWER BILL PAYMENT ASSISTANCE

Need assistance with an unpaid bill? Whether you’re a resident or business owner, Drops of Kindness by Louisville Water offers a customized approach to manage through these difficult times and reduce future financial obligations. This program also offers flexible, interest-free payment plans to pay off your balance over time.


FCC AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM (ACP)

The FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal government program committed to bringing connectivity to low-income Americans. Qualifying households can get connected by answering a few questions and submitting your eligibility documents. This program provides free broadband internet service and discounted devices like tablets and hotspots.


SPECTRUM INTERNET AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM

Spectrum is participating in a new government-sponsored stimulus program. Your household may be eligible to subscribe to a program that will allow you to save up to $30 a month on your Internet service. The Affordable Connectivity Program provides eligible households with a temporary monthly credit on broadband service. With Spectrum high-speed Internet, you get a fast, reliable connection to the services you need most – such as job searches, healthcare services and virtual classrooms.


STANDUP LIFELINE WIRELESS

StandUp Wireless is a Lifeline service provider, which is a government assistance program that provides free mobile phone and internet service for low-income customers that qualify through programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, Federal Public Housing Assistance, and Veterans/Spouses Pension. You may also qualify based on your household income. Bring your own phone and apply through our easy-to-use website to qualify for a FREE SIM Kit, at least 1,000 FREE monthly minutes, unlimited text, and 4.5 GB of data. If you need a phone, we also offer smartphones at discounted rates for approved customers.


WINTERHELP BY SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY MINISTRIES

Southwest Community Ministries Winterhelp Program was created to assist low-income households with energy costs during the winter season. They offer emergency financial assistance, food services, seasonal programs, and more. Financial help with utilities and/or housing is available to those in need Living in 40272, 40258 or the Jefferson County Portion of 40177 to keep their utilities from being discontinued and/or keeping them from becoming homeless. Contact this organization at 502-935-0310 or bm1swcm@gmail.com for more information!

AVENUES RECOVERY CENTER

Avenues Recovery Center is a drug and alcohol detox center and inpatient rehab facility located just outside Louisville Kentucky in Clarksville Indiana. Individuals needing alcohol or drug detoxification and further addiction treatment benefit from our unique programs and drug rehab plans tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. We provide a unique, community-based detox and residential-style extended care program that’s truly customized to the needs and unique circumstances of each individual. The beautiful and modern facility coupled with a cutting-edge treatment regimen and a one-of-a-kind clinical staff, makes us the drug rehab of choice for the Louisville metro area, serving Kentucky and Indiana.


NULEASE MEDICAL SOLUTIONS

NuLease Medical Solutions: This organization provides clients with prescription medication that treats substance abuse. Their office maintains an outpatient program in a comfortable, modern, and private setting to help individuals “Invest in a Better Tomorrow.” NuLease is a premier, comprehensive, and all-inclusive facility that now accepts Private Insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.


TALBOT HOUSE LOUISVILLE

Talbot House Louisville: This organization provides education to individuals through Alcoholics Anonymous, thus giving them a foundation upon which to build a happy and successful life. While at Talbot House, individuals learn to apply the principles of A.A. to every aspect of their lives while they learn life skills to ensure they can address situations that used to baffle them. Their mission is to provide a safe, positive, structured, and accountable living environment for people seeking sobriety from alcohol and drug dependency, and to help encourage learning how to live a substance-free productive and meaningful lifestyle.

We understand that there are often barriers outside of your control that keep you from work. Unexpected expenses related to a number of things like transportation, childcare, expungement and more can often mean the difference between making it to work one day or not.

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