The Occupy Louisville movement has spurred the creation of a panel to hear concerns regarding homelessness in the city. A diverse group of organizations, including city officials, will listen to discussion this Friday on the issue. Those on the panel aren’t quite sure what issues might be brought up, but talks earlier this year with… Continue reading Forum Gives Louisville’s Homeless Chance to Voice Concerns
Kentucky’s Volunteers of America chapter has received a federal grant to expand services to help homeless and at-risk veterans find stable housing. The new Supportive Services for Veterans and Families program works with veterans in Louisville, Lexington and Ashland as they struggle to find stable ground. “I know being in the military was great and… Continue reading Volunteers of America Expands Veteran Services in Kentucky
The Louisville Downtown Management District is considering an initiative that would help prevent panhandling and homelessness downtown while helping those on the streets find loved-ones to live with. The idea is similar to a program in Nashville called Homeward Bound that helps transport eligible homeless people to a friend or relative’s home, said Ken Herndon,… Continue reading New Downtown Homeless Initiative Being Considered
Louisville has received $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help its homeless veterans. Since 2008, HUD has provided vouchers through its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to help subsidize housing for homeless veterans in all 50 states. In Louisville they’ve partnered with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority. This… Continue reading Louisville Receives Funding to Help Homeless Veterans
The extreme cold weather is bringing more homeless people in Louisville into area shelters.
Nina Mosely with Wayside Christian Mission says the shelter on Jefferson Street is over capacity.
The project will bring 54 new low-income housing units to the Smoketown neighborhood over the next two years. St. Vincent De Paul director Ed Wnorowski says the housing will be open as it’s built.
Recommendations on where homeless shelters can operate in Louisville will get a public airing this week. The recommendations come from a task force the commission formed after Wayside Christian Mission sought to open a downtown shelter.
The staff at the Haven House homeless shelter in Jeffersonville is almost finished with a fundraising campaign. The staff is trying to raise money to buy back their building, which was auctioned in March.
Of the more that nine thousand homeless people counted in Louisville last year, about one-fifth were veterans, one-third could not afford a mortgage or rent and one-fourth were employed, with overlap between each group.
Louisville homeless advocates are joining with homeless shelters and volunteers to try to get an accurate point-in-time count of the city’s homeless population on Thursday. Mary Frances Shafer with the Coalition for the Homeless says shelters help with the count, but surveying those who are on the streets is a challenge. “We have done a… Continue reading Homeless Advocates Prepare for Point-in-Time Survey