Independent Living Program

New Beginnings offers independent apartments or bedrooms in shared-living homes in several apartment units throughout Fayette County. Each of these units are targeted to serve individuals with a serious mental illness who can live independently in the community. Residents pay 30% of their adjusted monthly income for rent and the remaining portion is subsidized primarily through block grant funding awarded to the agency from the Lexington Housing Authority. Although New Beginnings is the owner and landlord for these units, residents are not required to participate in any services, including those provided by our agency. If a resident does elect to participate in the agency’s Housing Support Services, a Housing Support Specialist will be assigned and will assist with maintaining stable housing, development of a person-centered plan, referrals to community resources, and other assistance as needed. 

Supported Living Programs

Setters House
In response to the 1999 Supreme Court decision requiring states to eliminate unjustified segregation of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) by serving these individuals in the community rather than in institutions, New Beginnings partnered with the Division of Behavioral Health, Bluegrass MH-MR Board, and Eastern State Hospital (ESH) to establish a 24/7 supportive residential program for individuals ready to transition to the community. In 2003, New Beginnings established the “Setters House” and began accepting referrals from ESH’s Olmstead Transition Committee. This program, currently located in a cozy single-family home in the Idle Hour neighborhood, serves 3 individuals with SMI who benefit from receiving intensive support in a residential setting. The Setters House has successfully allowed individuals with extensive hospitalization histories to live full, meaningful lives in the community.

Christman House
As a result of the Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) between the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Kentucky Protection and Advocacy (P&A), New Beginnings’ contract with the state was amended in January 2015 to include funding to open a second 24/7 supportive housing program. This program assists 3 individuals with SMI to transition from personal care homes to independent and integrated housing in the community. Christman House is also a cozy, single-family home located in the Idle Hour neighborhood with easy access to shops, restaurants, and public transportation. 

Need Assistance? 

Call our staff at (859) 245-2400 for confidential assistance in completing application forms.

How To Apply

Complete the pre-application forms listed below by clicking the apply button and submit to New Beginnings, Bluegrass:

  • ​Preliminary Application for Housing
  • Authorization for Release of Information
  • Kentucky Determination Criteria Checklist for Serious Mental Illness (completed by your psychiatrist, therapist, or other qualified medical professional)

We also accept your application via mail or fax, please mail to:

New Beginnings Bluegrass
225 Walton Ave, Suite 120
Lexington, KY 40502

Fax: 859-245-2443

Applicants will receive written notice of their eligibility status. Due to the high demand for our services, applicants who pre-qualify for our program will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants transitioning from Eastern State Hospital, Central Kentucky Recovery Center, or another higher level of care will be given priority on the waiting list.

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