WKAS – asking what low-income families need most

West Kentucky Allied Services is figuring where money is needed the most in the eight counties they help. They provide funding for issues with emergency services, income management, housing, nutrition, self-sufficiency, health, education, and employment. 

Assistant Director Tony Dowdy said every year they conduct a needs assessment for their clients in each county asking them to rank the eight issues. 

Calloway County is the first county to tally the survey results from low-income families. Dowdy said clients ranked emergency services as their number one priority.

Emergency services help cover things like utility bills, rent, water bills, plumbing, and unexpected medical expenses.

Client Luciana Jackson who lives in Calloway County had an electric bill for $660.89. 

“I have five children and I live in a big house. So, it’s pretty hard to heat,” Jackson said.   

She said the emergency service assistance is a huge help.

“There are a lot of people and friends of mine that have used it. So, it helps out with a lot. See when you don’t have enough money to pay every bill, this is a big help,” Jackson said.

Dowdy said once surveys from low income families and supporting agencies are tallied in every county, WKAS will decide what county and what issue to give the most money too.

“We move money to the highest needed category,” Dowdy said.

WKAS helps in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken County. 

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