Hope Village, Louisville’s safe outdoor space, is about to open
“March is our go-to time,” said Angel Todd, COO of The Hope Buss. “Everyone was waiting to physically see things happen at Hope Village and we were able to do that this week.” The Hope Village is intended to provide a place of refuge for those who may be disenfranchised, seeking more stability.
“Everyone deserves community, and community includes everyone,” Todd said. “There’s not much left after that, we have to do some fencing because we want to make sure the site is secure and safe for people,” Todd said.
Todd said these are some of the most important steps in making Hope Village a livable space. RELATED: ‘A landmark investment’ | $89 million will be spent on homelessness in Louisville
Since then, the team has made great strides in preparing the space. The plumbing is officially being installed and the structures have been delivered. In January, the city of Louisville announced that it would partner with Todd’s nonprofit to make the space possible.
“It’s great to have suppliers on site. It took a lot of planning, a lot of orders,” Dr Buchino said. Dr. Susan Buchino, director of the homeless services division of the Louisville metropolitan government, said seeing the work done brings them one step closer to completion.
Todd said she wants people to know it won’t solve homelessness, but it will provide some security for people in need. The city invested $1.5 million from the US rescue plan towards the site. Dr. Buchino says there is a need to address homelessness. “When people are constantly in a fight-or-flight crisis, it’s really hard to access what they need and take steps forward,” Dr Buchino said.
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