Secure outdoor space The Hope Village opens Tuesday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hope Village, Louisville’s new “safe outdoor space” for homeless residents, will open Tuesday following numerous delays caused by disorderly weather and supply chain issues.

The first group of up to 53 people who were referred to the space at 212 E. College St. will now have the chance to move into 48 tents that were set up Monday for community members and volunteers to see them while dropping off supplies.

Mobile showers, portable toilets, hand washing stations, access to electricity and a food distribution area, as well as a trailer where staff will work to welcome residents, are also part of the property between Brook and Floyd streets south of downtown Louisville.

The Village of Hope is operated by The Hope Buss, a local nonprofit that received a $1 million contract from the city to operate it for a year and has the option to continue the program after the pilot period ends .

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Angel Todd, chief operating officer of The Hope Buss, told reporters on site on a rainy Monday morning that the roughly 50 residents chosen for the space would not all be moving in at the same time. It will be more of a regular transition as the teams will also work to put the finishing touches on the new outdoor space.

“The community support has been amazing,” Todd said.

The public was invited to tour the new space during a “community housewarming party” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and drop off donations of needed items like welcome mats, brooms, power strips, insect repellent , cleaning wipes and laundry detergent.

Angel L. Todd, the Operations Manager of The Hope Buss, is hosting tours at a kick-off event in The Hope Village area that will provide outdoor shelter and other amenities to homeless residents.  April 25, 2022

Blue Clam C-560 Thermal Shelter tents at the site were up on Monday. As for what’s still particularly needed, Todd listed power cords and “slow cookers so we can make delicious oatmeal and things like that.”

“The donations keep coming in, and that’s what we expect because we’re so community-focused,” Todd added, asking people to also contact The Hope Village to sign up for a meal train. to provide food for residents.

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The Hope Bus and its partners, such as Dare to Care Food Bank, Coalition for the Homeless and Wellspring, will provide mental health resources, hot meals, 24-hour on-site health care , 7 days a week, COVID screenings, HIV prevention, substance abuse support, case management, job training and the safety of residents and their property.

Each resident will receive a Hope Village ID card to access the site and identify themselves to staff, and security will be on site, along with security cameras and lighting in common areas, officials previously said.

The Hope Village’s goal is to provide some stability for those who are not ready or not well-adjusted to live indoors in a shelter, for example, but Louisville officials said the ultimate plan was to create more permanent and affordable housing at vacant buildings in the College Street space and at other locations in the city.

A sign celebrates the opening of the Hope Village area which will provide outdoor shelter and other amenities to homeless Louisville residents.  April 25, 2022

When announce the new space last summer, city leaders said it was expected to cost about $3 million to own, renovate and operate, with an initial goal of opening it last November.

This opening date was later pushed back to March 31 and then to the end of Aprilofficials citing supply chain delays and bad weather as factors slowing prep work.

How to donate to The Hope Village

To learn more about donating to The Hope Village and ways to serve residents, such as through mentorship opportunities, visit thehopevillage.com/home.

Contact Billy Kobin at [email protected]