Affordable Housing: Allocated $2.5 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and provided Louisville CARES revolving loans to incentivize development of more affordable housing in all corners of our community.

Building our Blocks: Brought together teams of city workers, partner agencies and community leaders to connect, clean up and build up neighborhoods. Piloted in Russell, Smoketown and Parkland, with more planned in 2017.

Partnerships: GMeals-On-Wheels, sponsored by the GFoundation, began providing five freshly prepared, chilled meals weekly to seniors on the city’s traditional Meals-On-Wheels waiting list.

Improved Customer Service: A new automated LIHEAP appointment system improved access to services for more than 9,000 low-income households in need of utility assistance.

New Animal Shelter: Budget for FY17 earmarks $3.4 million, along with $1.8 million set aside last year, to build a new shelter adjacent to Animal House on Newburg Road to replace the aging shelter on Manslick Road.

5 — For the fifth year in a row, the International Charter for Compassion named Louisville a Model City of Compassion.

100 — For a second consecutive year, Louisville earned a perfect 100 on the national Human Rights Campaign scorecard, which says the city is a “beacon of hope,” ensuring all residents are treated equally regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

116,560 — Home-delivered Meals on Wheels to over 600 seniors.

162,988  — Number of volunteer hours by seniors in Foster Grandparent and Retired & Senior Volunteer programs.

175,000 — Record-breaking acts of compassion and volunteers serving others during Give A Day Week.

"Change starts with us as individuals. If  one individual becomes more compassionate it will influence others and so we will change the  world.”

—  Dalai Lama XIV, who is scheduled to visit Louisville April 23-24, 2017