New Housing Planned At Center For Women And Families

By Sheila Ash

Louisville’s Center for Women and Families along with several community partners broke ground Wednesday on 22 townhouse apartments for survivors of domestic violence. The energy-efficient units will be built next to the center’s campus in downtown Louisville.

Sherry Currens, Executive Director of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA) says these will be permanent homes.

“One of the things that’s so important when you’ve been forced to leave your home when you’ve had to you know leave everything you have behind, you have small children, you need some place to make you feel like a family again and this will give us that opportunity,” she said.

Currens says the Louisville housing is part of an $8.8 million scattered-site project. She says there are twenty six units under construction in Paducah, Murray and Morehead.

Residents whose income is at or below 60 percent of area median income will be eligible to participate in the program. The units will be completed in December 2011.