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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that he is establishing a $15 million rental assistance program to ease housing hardships created by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Beshear said the funds will come from funding that the state received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, commonly known as the CARES Act. The step, he said, is necessary to ensure renters avoid incurring insurmountable debt, landlords are treated fairly and, most importantly, people do not lose the roofs over their heads.

According to the Courier-Journal, Beshear’s executive order establishing the fund also requires that landlords give 30 days’ notice before seeking an eviction for nonpayment and request a meeting with the tenant to try and resolve the issue another way.

Beshear’s order also directs landlords to forgo late fees, interest and penalties accrued from the onset of the coronavirus in March through the close of 2020, WDRB reported.

Prior to Monday’s announcement, Beshear had issued an indefinite moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent, but the Kentucky courts resumed accepting the filing of eviction cases Aug. 1, the TV station reported.