Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Breaks Ground on Liberty Place Recovery Center in Richmond

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 22, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Charla Jackson Peter
502-564-7630, ext. 454

Recovery Kentucky development will provide support to thousands of women

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and several guests broke ground in Richmond today for a recovery center that will simultaneously reduce the state’s drug and homeless problems.  The Liberty Place Recovery Center will be located on Lake Street in Richmond and will provide counseling, support and hope for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. 

The development is part of Governor Fletcher’s Recovery Kentucky initiative, a joint effort by the Governor’s Office for Local Development, the Department of Corrections, the Office of Drug Control Policy and Kentucky Housing Corporation to build housing recovery centers across the state.  As transitional supportive housing developments, each center will use a recovery program model that includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and challenges to practice sober living. 

“The Liberty Place Recovery Center will be instrumental in providing stability for women in the area who are battling addiction,” said Governor Fletcher. “The Recovery Kentucky initiative continues to demonstrate the value of collaboration.  Working together, we can provide opportunity for hope and recovery for people dealing with the challenges of substance abuse.

This type of supportive housing and recovery program is proven to help people who face the most complex challenges to live more stable, productive lives.  It has been demonstrated successfully by both The Hope Center in Lexington and The Healing Place in Louisville and was named “A Model That Works” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

“Richmond needs this facility to be a total community where we address the needs of all people,” said Sen. Ed Worley (D-Richmond). “This has been a deficiency in our community, and we are excited to now be able to provide this help for women in need.”

“This is a much needed project which will help these individuals become productive members of society again,” said Rep. Harry Moberly (D-Richmond).

Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women, LLC, will build and provide property management of the center.  Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc., will operate the center. 

Without a stable place to live and a support system to help them address their underlying problems, most homeless people who also suffer from substance abuse and addiction bounce around from shelters, public hospitals, psychiatric institutions and detoxification centers.  While the chronically homeless only represent one-quarter of the homeless population, they consume over half of homeless resources.  It is estimated that the Recovery Kentucky initiative will save Kentuckians millions in tax dollars that would have been spent on emergency room visits and jail costs.

“We have learned it's less expensive over time to resolve the issues that create chronic homelessness among Kentuckians than it is to care for these individuals on an ongoing basis,” said Ben A. Cook, chief executive officer of Kentucky Housing Corporation. “Thanks to Governor Fletcher's Recovery Kentucky program and our primary partner here in Richmond, women in this area will be given the opportunity of a lifetime to overcome their addictions and gain or regain stability in their lives.”

The Recovery Kentucky program emerged in January 2005 in response to the Governor’s Drug Summit Task Force's assessment that recovery programs were essential if Kentucky was to address the escalating drug epidemic facing all regions of the state.    

The goal of the Recovery Kentucky program is to have at least two recovery centers in each congressional district.  Half of the centers are designated for women and half for men.  Residents must make the commitment to overcome their addictions, be over the age of 18 and be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Recovery Kentucky program leverages funds from GOLD, KHC, ODCP and the Department of Corrections. These agencies have developed a financial plan that makes available construction and operational financing which includes the allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits as well as Federal HOME funds and Affordable Housing Trust Fund dollars from KHC for construction costs. Operational funding includes money from GOLD’s CDBG program and funding from the Department of Corrections. The financing package requires no new state dollars.