Louisville nonprofit to oversee city’s new ‘safe outdoor space’ for the homeless | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A local nonprofit has been selected to oversee the city’s planned outdoor space for the homeless community of Old Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer’s office announced Tuesday.

The Hope Buss, a nonprofit organization that strives to give back to the Louisville community, will operate the “Safe Outdoor Space,” in which the city said “homeless people can temporarily live outdoors, with access to food, showers and local services”.

The Metro government is using $1.5 million of US bailout funds to purchase the former headquarters of the Archdiocese of Louisville at 212 E. College Street. It will be called “The Village of Hope.”

“As a compassionate city, our goal is to help homeless people transition into more stable shelter and then put them on the path to permanent, supportive housing,” Fischer said in a statement. Press release. “Thank you to the teams at Resilience and Community Services, Louisville Forward and The Hope Buss for working together to provide more housing options for Louisville residents and putting us on the path to ending homelessness.”

The secure outdoor area will provide space for up to 50 homeless people and their pets. It will include outdoor tents, showers, toilets, access to services such as housing navigation, addictions counselling, mental health resources, and more.

“There are many reasons why people decide not to stay in an emergency shelter, and this space fills a gap in our current system,” said Dr. Susan Buchino, director of the careless services division. – Louisville Office of Resilience and Community Services shelter.

In November 2021, the Metro Council approved $89 million from the ARP to address homelessness in the city. In addition to the $1.5 million to establish “The Hope Village”:

  • College Street property: $7.5 million to convert the College Street building into bridge housing and furnish the units
  • Permanent supportive housing: $32 million for client-centred housing with complementary services
  • Affordable Housing: $40 million will be invested in affordable housing through the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • Down Payment Assistance: $4 million for the Louisville Metropolitan Government to increase down payment assistance to help approximately 160 new homeowners
  • Home Repair: $4 million to bolster an existing, successful program that helps people stay in their homes; it would help about 160 homeowners

Stachelle Bussey, the founder of The Hope Buss, said it would not be a permanent solution to the city’s homeless problems, but rather a “bridge to more lasting solutions”.

“Our promise remains – to engage and empower the community and encourage the residents of our village by providing equitable options,” Bussey said in the press release. “As a black-led organization, we are excited for this opportunity; this is just the beginning of a different Louisville. At Hope Village, our motto is simple: Everyone Deserves Community.”

Bussey said meals will also be provided at the site. She said anyone interested in meeting those needs can sign up to become a Meal Sharing Partner on The Hope Village’s website. To access the site, Click here.

“This is our chance to be good neighbours,” Bussey said.

The city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services said residents and business owners near the College Street site are invited to a public forum from 6 to 7 p.m. on February 1. Bussey and Metro Advisor Jecorey Arthur will be on hand to answer any questions. To register for the meeting, Click here.

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