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Local News
2:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

There Were 8,600 Homeless People in Louisville Last Year, Here's What Officials Are Doing About It

The most recent Louisville Homeless Census shows that 8,608 people visited a shelter or spent time on the street in 2013.

This is just a two percent decrease from the previous year. Officials said they struggle to provide needed services, despite having more than 30 organizations working with homeless in Jefferson County.

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Local News
7:08 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Louisville Runs Out of Extra Cash To Help Homeless Shelters During Cold Weather

Snow last month in downtown Louisville.
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It’s about  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.  

“Anybody up there?” asks Natalie Reteneller, development director at YMCA Safe Place services. 

In two hours the group—just one of many spread across the city—find five people who agree to answer several questions.

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Local News
3:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Coalition to Conduct Count of Louisville's Homeless Population

Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless will conduct its annual point-in-time count of the city’s homeless population Thursday morning. 

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.

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.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Louisville Homeless Shelters Expect Influx as Single-Digit Cold Approaches

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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.

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.

Operation White Flag is instituted when winter temperatures drop below 35 degrees.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Cuts to Arts, Homeless Grants Criticized

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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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.

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.

It also outlined how external agencies would receive more than $1 million in grants at continued levels from last year.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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Local News
4:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

One-Stop Outreach To Homeless Will Be Held Wednesday

Photo courtesy of Coalition for the Homeless

Several Louisville agencies are joining forces again this year to offer various services to the homeless in a one-stop environment.

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.

Natalie Harris with the Coalition for the Homeless expects hundreds of homeless people to get assistance at the event, many of them veterans.

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