Coalition for the Homeless http://wfpl.org en There Were 8,600 Homeless People in Louisville Last Year, Here's What Officials Are Doing About It http://wfpl.org/post/there-were-8600-homeless-people-louisville-last-year-heres-what-officials-are-doing-about-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The most recent&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/215953608/2013-Homeless-Census-for-Press-Conference" style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Homeless Census</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;shows that 8,608 people visited a shelter or spent time on the street in 2013.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:05:44 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9044 at http://wfpl.org There Were 8,600 Homeless People in Louisville Last Year, Here's What Officials Are Doing About It Louisville Runs Out of Extra Cash To Help Homeless Shelters During Cold Weather http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-runs-out-extra-cash-help-homeless-shelters-during-cold-weather <p>It’s about&nbsp; 5 a.m. and about 15 degrees. Volunteers walk over snow, onto the railroad tracks near Dixie Highway to assist with Louisville’s annual homeless count. Volunteers shout toward a dark spot underneath an I-264 overpass.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Anybody up there?” asks Natalie Reteneller, development director at YMCA Safe Place services.&nbsp;</p><p>In two hours the group—just one of many spread across the city—find five people who agree to answer several questions.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:08:04 +0000 Devin Katayama 8449 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Runs Out of Extra Cash To Help Homeless Shelters During Cold Weather Coalition to Conduct Count of Louisville's Homeless Population http://wfpl.org/post/coalition-conduct-count-louisvilles-homeless-population-0 <p>Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless will conduct its annual point-in-time count of the city’s homeless population Thursday morning.&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to counting residents of Louisville’s homeless shelters, some 200 volunteers will break into teams to survey homeless people living on the streets and in camps.</p><p>Coalition executive director Natalie Harris says the recent bitterly cold weather has forced more people into shelters, but many others seek warmth in 24-hour restaurants and other sites.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:55:11 +0000 Rick Howlett 8405 at http://wfpl.org Coalition to Conduct Count of Louisville's Homeless Population Louisville Homeless Shelters Expect Influx as Single-Digit Cold Approaches http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-homeless-shelters-expect-influx-single-digit-cold-approaches <p>Temperatures are forecast to drop into the single digits starting this weekend and three Louisville homeless shelters are preparing for an influx of overnight visitors.</p><p class="c0"><span>The homeless shelters will activate Operation White Flag, a program that disregards normal rules for admittance and accepts anyone who is without a warm place to stay during extreme temperatures.</span></p><p class="c0"><span>Operation White Flag is instituted when winter temperatures drop below 35 degrees.</span></p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8116 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Homeless Shelters Expect Influx as Single-Digit Cold Approaches Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Cuts to Arts, Homeless Grants Criticized http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischers-proposed-cuts-arts-homeless-grants-criticized <p>Leaders from non-profit homeless and arts agencies are criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s decision to reduce the funding levels for their external agencies.</p><p>When the Fischer administration first unveiled its $528 million spending proposal last month, the mayor's office highlighted a 21 percent increase to funding for community ministries.</p><p>It also outlined how external agencies would receive more than $1 million in grants at continued levels from last year.</p><p>Fischer's decision to fund external agencies comes from three panels made up of Metro Council members and mayoral appointees who recommend expenditures for community ministries and social service agencies.</p><p>Those recommendations are in Fischer’s budget proposal without any changes, and citizens who sit on the panels sign agreements to keep the deliberations confidential.</p><p>Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition of the Homeless, says the decision-making process is troubling because groups like hers cannot conference with Fischer's panels to make answer important questions.</p><p>"I definitely don’t think the process is transparent. There isn’t any way for that committee to ask questions of the groups or for them to answer any issues that might come up during the committee meetings. And there’s also not a process to go back to that committee before the announcements are made," she says.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:49:57 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey & Erin Keane 5650 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Cuts to Arts, Homeless Grants Criticized One-Stop Outreach To Homeless Will Be Held Wednesday http://wfpl.org/post/one-stop-outreach-homeless-will-be-held-wednesday Several Louisville agencies are joining forces again this year to offer various services to the homeless in a one-stop environment.<p> The 2012 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down is Wednesday at The Salvation Army on the old Male High School campus on Brook Street starting at 8:30am.<p> Natalie Harris with the Coalition for the Homeless expects hundreds of homeless people to get assistance at the event, many of them veterans.<p> "We have everything from a flu shot to signing up for housing services to a bowl of chili to anything that a person might need to get as services and the Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:55:13 +0000 Rick Howlett 1953 at http://wfpl.org One-Stop Outreach To Homeless Will Be Held Wednesday