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Louisville mayor follows through on campaign promise, unveils $32.5M investment plan to end homelessness in the city

Amarie M.

As part of an initiative to prevent and end homelessness, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg (Democrat) reveals a plan to invest tens of millions of dollars in a variety of initiatives, as proposed during his political campaign. The plan includes the construction of medical facilities that will be readily accessible to people living on the streets, per a news report

**This article is based on information sourced from accredited news and city government websites, cited within the story**

The announcement and partnerships

There were a number of local leaders, including representatives from Norton Healthcare, UofL Health, the Coalition for the Homeless, and others, who joined Mayor Greenberg as he announced the city's plan to invest more than $24 million in programs and facilities purposed to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Louisville (source). 

Mayor Greenberg proposed while addressing partners present at the event, stating:

You have a partner in Louisville Metro Government, and we look forward to working together to make this a reality to provide the needed services and shelter to those in need, to prevent people from becoming homeless and to provide more permanent and affordable housing,

The investment details

In order to provide affordable housing for low-income households at or below 50% of the Adjusted Median Income (!MI), the city will invest approximately $24 million into building permanent, affordable housing through partnership opportunities, according to LouisvilleKY.gov.

An additional $8.25 million will go towards preventing homelessness by helping residents remain in their homes. A $2 million grant will be provided to the Louisville Urban League for distribution to people who need help with security deposits and first month's rent. These funds will be distributed in late February. Furthermore, the mayor's office plans to help those who do not have a home now, by providing them with assistance as soon as possible (source).

As part of the eviction prevention program, millions will be invested to keep tenants from being evicted. Thousands of Louisville families and individuals who are facing eviction will receive direct rental assistance from the Association of Community Ministries $5 million funds allocated through the Healthy At Home Eviction Relief Fund. A balance of $1.25 million in funding for eviction relief will be used for mediation assistance and legal fees (source).

Community care campus

As part of the plan, Smoketown (east of I-65) will be a designated community care campus to fill critical care gaps for homeless individuals. This will serve as a medical respite facility that will increase access to care, decrease hospital readmissions, and assist the homeless with transitioning into temporary or permanent housing (source).

According to Mayor Greenberg, the city is purchasing a property near Floyd and Brook Streets (east Breckinridge Street) below market value at $6.9 million. In addition, it is located on the same block as Hope Village, a safe area owned by the Metro Government (source).

A total of 150 people will be accommodated in the facility, and a centralized nursing station will be provided as well as medical supplies, prescriptions, a kitchen, and laundry facilities will also be available. The campus could be up and running as soon as a month, according to a news report (source). 


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