Safe Outdoor Space Funding Availability

Background Information

In December 2017, Mayor Fischer created the Homeless Encampment Task Force to reduce homelessness in Louisville. The task force includes representatives from Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, the Coalition for the Homeless, St. John’s Center, LMPD, Metro Corrections, street outreach teams, other Metro Government offices, and numerous individuals. In FY20 and FY21 Metro allocated 1 Million to nine non-profits for the continuation of successful initiatives.  On May 10, 2021 Louisville Metro received a commitment of $388 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Louisville now seeks innovative projects and solutions to serve the local houseless community and achieve functional zero homelessness in Louisville.


To identify an organization to manage and operate a campsite (or paved lot) design for Safe Outdoor Space/s for persons who are experiencing street homelessness.

Funds Available

$1,000,000. Applicants may request all or part of the available funds.

Key features of the program include:

Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) is a temporary project meant to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and better street homelessness with housing and other resources. This process is designed to identify a nonprofit Operating Partner (OP) to provide management of the SOS designated campus.

The OP must track measurable KPIs to meet and/or exceed all funding source requirements.

The OP must establish 24/7 staffing capacity for a population size of 40-60 residents while offering flexible, voluntary, and individualized supportive services.

All Sub-contractors must commit to provide an assertive care treatment plan to include intensive case management, mental/behavioral health services, recovery and addiction counseling, peer support, emergency medical attention, dental/hygiene service providers, COVID testing, employment services, housing navigators, individual and group therapies, onsite security and monitoring, and coordinating access to other community-based supportive services. Staffing expectations must support best practices of 5:1 ratio or better for 24-hour operational schedule day/overnight/ and weekends/holiday shifts.

The Operating Partner assumes all responsibilities including maintenance for operational use and access to campsite, personal tents, amenities, and power installation and connections for Wi-Fi, lighting, and facilities i.e., restrooms, showers, sinks, food prep quarters, guest storage and/or debris, pet/animal services and trash removals service, to avoid clutter or nuisances.

Safe Outdoor Space and campgrounds are a commitment to the highest level of outdoor sanitation and cleanliness. The operator will be solely held responsible and liable for safety and security. Residents maintain the rights of dignity and autonomy to the greatest extent feasible.

Population to be Served

Adults experiencing complex trauma, substance abuse addiction, serious mental illness and persons who require or are at risk of requiring acute psychiatric inpatient care, residential treatment, or outpatient crisis intervention because of a mental disorder with symptoms of psychosis, suicidality or violence and who are homeless, chronically homeless, or at risk of chronic homelessness. Individual/s served may or may not include sex offenders or persons previously convicted of violent crimes include the following: rape, sexual assault, robbery, assault, and murder.

At risk of chronic homelessness includes persons who are at high risk of long-term or intermittent homelessness, including persons with mental illness exiting institutionalized settings with a history of homelessness prior to institutionalization, and transition age youth experiencing homelessness, persons feeing domestic violence, re-entry, medically fragile or with significant barriers to housing stability.

Timetable & Key Facts

August 23rd

Announcement/Publication Date 

August 27th 

Orientation WebEx

Tentative- September 17th

NOFA Submission Due

October 2021

Awards Announced


Application Link

Budget Template Link:

Guide Link…

Equity Addendum:…

Amended Budget Template:… (Initiates download) 

Orientation Information:  

Date: Friday, August 27th, 2021
Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm


Meeting number (access code): 1809 68 2765

Meeting password: 9HMdeEMPs43

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To view a recording of the Safe Outdoor Space informational session, please view the video below: 




  1. Applicants are encouraged to review the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Including the sections discussing the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. See
  1. Applications are submitted using SurveyMonkey. SurveyMonkey will NOT save partial responses. Applicants CANNOT return to incomplete applications if they exit before completing the entire application. Therefore, applicants are advised to draft responses in a separate program (i.e., Word) then copy/paste each answer into the SurveyMonkey application. If you exit the application before you have completed it, you will need start a new application.
  2. This grant funding initiative is a competitive process. Applications will initially be reviewed by an external panel.
  3. Any applicants representing persons of low and moderate incomes may request technical assistance from Louisville Metro to help resolve issues in their preparation of an application for funding. Applicants seeking technical assistance are asked to either send a message to [email protected]  or call 502-574-6967.
  4. Please submit all questions in writing to Kiffany McAfee, Project Manager, Office of Resilience and Community Services, (502) 574.6967, [email protected].

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