The Coalition for the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to advocate for people who are homeless and for the prevention and elimination of homelessness.
We have been the voice of the homeless in Louisville for over 25 years. We work closely with homeless service providers in our community, civic groups, concerned citizens, faith-based groups, and our local, state, and federal governments.
Our efforts are targeted in a three-prong approach:
- Educate the community about homelessness and inspire action,
- Advocate for system changes, and
- Coordinate the community response to homelessness through efficient use of resources and funding.
Today, The Coalition for the Homeless is a leader in coordinating our community response to homelessness. Our history is built on this same notion.
In 1984, citizens and officials of the City of Louisville and Jefferson County sought a coordinated community response to homelessness. The grassroots initiative was sparked by two associate priests from the Cathedral of the Assumption and Christ Church Cathedral. Witnessing countless numbers of people in need, the priests convinced the mayor, Harvey Sloane, to establish a community-wide task force to examine the issue of homelessness. The task force became The Coalition for the Homeless in 1986.
Since our inception, The Coalition for the Homeless has been a leader in addressing homelessness. Some significant accomplishments include:
- The development of Quality Assurance Standards for monitoring local shelters.
- Management of Operation White Flag, a program designed to ensure the safety of people experiencing homelessness during severe weather conditions.
- Management of Project Homeless Connect, a one day event developed to provide a myriad of services to the homeless in a single day. This event is coordinated with the Veteran’s Administration Stand Down developed to provide the same services solely for homeless veterans.
- Coordination of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care process and application which brings over $8.5 million per year to the community for homeless services.
- Development of “Reducing Homelessness: A Blueprint for the Future.” This is Louisville’s plan to end homelessness within the community.
- The development of the “Cost of Homelessness Study” which looks at the benefit of serving the homeless versus the cost of them living on the streets. Newer studies include research looking at methods for addressing the rising number of homeless children in Louisville and a report on the needs and recommendations for serving young adults (16-24) in crisis.
- Worked with Metro Louisville Government and community leaders to create zoning and licensing for homeless shelters.
- Established the Louisville Homeless Management Information System to track all homeless services in Metro Louisville. This will be strengthened in 2013 with a single point of entry helping the homeless access shelter.
- Lobbied for the creation of a $4 ID for the homeless.
- Led the development of the Rx: Housing campaign that surveyed 250 people living on the streets in 2011 and began moving them into permanent housing in 2012.