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The Coalition for the Homeless is the lead advocate for the homeless locally. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent and end homelessness in louisville.

We have been the voice of the homeless in Louisville since 1986, when we were founded by community leaders. Our job is to strategically evaluate the needs of the homeless and of our 30+ member agencies, and to implement smart, long-term solutions.

Here are our strategic priorities:

  • Educate the community about homelessness
  • Advocate for system changes and inspire action
  • Coordinate the community response to homelessness through efficient use of resources and funding

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 and people who had died on the streets, 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:

  1. The development of standards for monitoring local shelters.
  2. Management of Operation White Flag, a program designed to ensure the safety of people experiencing homelessness during severe weather conditions.
  3. Coordination of Stand Down/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 and Metro Louisville.
  4. Coordination of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) process and application, which brings nearly $10 million per year to the community for homeless services.
  5. Development of “Reducing Homelessness: A Blueprint for the Future,” Louisville’s plan to end homelessness within the community.
  6. 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.
  7. Worked with Metro Louisville government and community leaders to create zoning and licensing for homeless shelters.
  8. Established the Louisville Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to track all homeless services in Metro Louisville.
  9. Lobbied for the creation of an ID for the homeless.
  10. Launched a Single Point of Entry office, which allows homeless people to come to one central place to get an ID made and to make a reservation at any homeless shelter.
  11. Led the development of the Rx: Housing campaign, which has cut chronic homeless people on the streets by 50%, brought veteran homelessness to “functional zero,” and launched a campaign in 2018 to end youth and young adult homelessness.