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Anthem Grant to Help Welcome House Aid 18 to 24-Year Olds Facing Homelessness

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky was awarded $40,000 in a grant from Anthem Medicaid.

The Covington-based agency will use the funds to serve adults 18 to 24 who are experiencing homelessness by providing housing subsidies, access to food and hygiene items, and additional services related to employment, training, and life skills.

“We know there are many young people who are homeless living outside due to lack of familial support who are not able to finish school, or continue school. It was from this knowledge that this program was launched in order to provide stability to these individuals and to prevent them from having to stay at adult emergency shelters,” said Danielle Amrine, executive director of Welcome House. “Our hope is to provide stability in order to prevent long-term homelessness.”

The grant from Anthem Medicaid has already allowed Welcome House to purchase a home in Covington.

“Anthem has a long-standing commitment to supporting consumers through partnerships that can help address key social barriers and economic disparities to help improve their health,” said Celia Manlove, Anthem Kentucky Medicaid plan president. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with such a tremendous partner like Welcome House, as together we can make a positive difference in the communities we serve.”

The program is the latest service offered by Welcome House to combat homelessness.

In 2018, Welcome House expanded their services to include transitional age youth from 18 to 24. The transitional age youth program, called Opportunity Youth Housing Initiative, is comprised of a service coordinator providing services to the youth who will reside in the home purchased through the Anthem Medicaid funding in Covington. Welcome House is one of the few non-profits that provide housing as well as services to this vulnerable age population.

In addition to this grant, Anthem Medicaid will be opening a customer service office within the Welcome House to help support its consumers in the Northern Kentucky area. Anthem Medicaid consumers will have access to an on-site associate who can help them navigate available Medicaid resources, as well as increased access to education, training and career resources.   

-Staff report