Inside the Mayfield High School gym on Saturday, May 21, 2022, disaster survivors from Graves County, Kentucky and neighboring areas who were affected by last year's tornadoes, had access to valuable information. The gym was the site of a free Disaster Recovery Resource Fair coordinated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with support from our federal on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Also in attendance were service providers who brought with them much needed resources for families still trying to recover from a tornado that caused widespread damage to a 200 mile stretch across Western Kentucky.
The event was designed to bring a "one stop shop" for attendees to glean information and guidance from several agencies involved in disaster recovery, including HUD, FEMA, USDA, SBA, state agencies, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, as well as many not-for-profit service providers. The agencies provided information on disaster-related subjects, such as housing resources, flood insurance, foreclosure prevention, unemployment, legal services, grants, loans and more. Fair goers also had access to a supervised children’s activity area, which allowed parents a chance to speak to providers without interruption.
"HUD is proud to have coordinated this collaborative effort which assisted nearly 100 survivors today. We will continue to do our part to help the thousands of impacted Kentuckians repair their homes and lives after the devastating tornadoes," said HUD Kentucky Field Office Director, Ahsaki Thurman.
The Community Foundation of Western Kentucky, the primary event sponsor. The Foundation, which has provided millions in grants for recovery efforts, will also sponsor and host the next Disaster Recovery Resource Fair on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00am-4:00pm in Madisonville, Kentucky at the Hopkins County Schools Career and Technical Center.