Abramson Announces New Spending Plan For Homeless

by Gabe Bullard on February 27, 2009

After a scathing audit of the city’s housing department, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is revising how the city spends money designated for the homeless.

Abramson’s new plan calls for giving homeless aid agencies an additional 1.5 million dollars in federal grants, mostly to hire case workers to help homeless Louisvillians find jobs and housing.

Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says the move is in response to a recent report from the state auditor that detailed misuse of funds during the previous fiscal year.

“After all the issues at the housing department, the Mayor called in and sat down with housing advocates and said, ‘How can we work together to improve the housing department?’ One of the things that came out specifically was ‘How can we better use city funds for homeless agencies?'” he says.

The report outlined mismanagement under the department’s previous director, who resigned last August.

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