Louisville will open a safe outdoor space for the homeless | Kentucky News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville is opening a “safe outdoor space” in a downtown area for dozens of homeless people using insulated tents, portable showers and portable toilets.

Lawyers said The Hope Village is expected to open later this month with room for around 50 people living on the streets. Delays prevented the project from opening last year, Louisville executives said Thursday at the site near Interstate 65.

The new outdoor space will feature 48 insulated tents that can sleep up to 53 people, with pets allowed, the Courier Journal reported.

“Be patient with us,” Stachelle Bussey, an ordained minister who founded the nonprofit in 2018, said Thursday while at the site. “Be patient with Metro (government) as we all explore ways to create alternatives for people living on the streets in our city.”

Residents will receive referrals to live in the outdoor space, “based on the individual’s ability to thrive in a community environment,” a city press release said.

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“The purpose of this project is to provide a place where people who are not ready to seek shelter indoors can continue to live temporarily outdoors but in a safe environment with better access to resources and services. “, said Fischer.

The site will be secure with showers, toilets, hand washing stations, access to electricity and a food distribution area.

A non-profit group, The Hope Buss, has a million dollar contract to operate the space for a year, with an option to continue the program after the pilot period ends.

Louisville leaders said safe outdoor spaces for the homeless have had success in other cities like Denver and Santa Rosa, Calif.

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