Brighton Center
Family-Center---Mom--Son

Emergency Assistance

Empowering customers to move from crisis, to stability, to self-sufficiency.

For a family struggling to make ends meet, survival becomes a daily or even hourly battle of hard decisions. With a limited income, families often make sacrifices between eating, staying warm, and paying for the roof over their heads. The rising costs of everyday and essential items make it even harder as incomes are not able to keep up. Our Family Center provides a vital point of entry for so many families who need immediate help. Once a family’s immediate needs are met, we are able to partner with them to set long-term goals to resolve the barriers that brought them to the brink. The Family Center works with families to not only make sure their future is brighter, but that their dreams are achievable.

Emergency Assistance Services Provided

  • Choice Food Pantry
  • USDA TEFAP Commodities (Campbell County)
  • USDA CSFP Commodities (Campbell, & Grant Counties)
  • Clothing vouchers
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Limited financial assistance
  • Limited assistance with baby items
  • Bilingual (Spanish & English) staff member available on Tuesday afternoons 

Why We Do It

Emergency Assistance serves struggling families and individuals in crisis requesting support to stabilize their situation. We serve a diverse population ranging from families with very low income on the brink of homelessness, to low to moderate income families living at or below the poverty level, to the working poor living slightly above poverty levels, just barely making ends meet. These families have been hit hard since 2008 with decreased wages and increased cost of utilities, food, housing, and automobile gas. According to the 2010 census, there are 14,000 families (approximately 55,400 individuals) in Northern Kentucky’s eight counties living below the poverty level, defined as a yearly income of only $23,050 for a family of four. 1 in 7 Americans – a record 47 million people- are receiving help from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (food stamp) program, which includes 15% of all Northern Kentucky residents. In Kentucky, a family earning $22,300 (30% of the median income for the state) can afford a monthly rent of no more than $381. The Fair Market Rent in the state for a two-bedroom apartment is $735. This dichotomy increases the critical need for Emergency Assistance services that not only meet families basics needs but also build a framework for families to achieve a better quality of life.

What to Bring

Identification and proof of household members, income, and address.