Louisville has been on the front line of establishing a ‘culture of compassion.’ Seven years ago, (Mayor) Fischer signed a multi-year Compassionate Louisville resolution, and his establishment of chief equity officer and chief resilience officer positions speaks to his motto that, ‘Empathy is a feeling but compassion is an action.’

— Montgomery Advertiser, November 2018


  • 205,000 — Volunteers and acts of service during the Mayor’s Give a Day Week of Service. That includes thousands of young leaders who steer WE Day Kentucky and participate in the annual We Walk for Compassion march downtown.
  • 200,000 — Meals served by the Senior Nutrition Program through Meals on Wheels and senior congregate sites.
  • 2,200 — Citizens trained in suicide prevention technique called “QPR” - Question, Persuade, Refer - during this year’s national suicide prevention week.
  • 100 — For the fourth year in a row, Louisville scored a perfect 100 on Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.
  • $41 Million — Invested in affordable housing since FY16, including $12 million in FY19.
  • Jacob School Apartments, a 58-unit affordable housing complex established in a former elementary school in south Louisville, opened this summer.
  • We celebrated progress on establishing affordable single-family homes on Cedar Street in the Russell neighborhood, Richmont Terrace off Cane Run Road, and Park Springs in Prospect, as well as multifamily units at Bristol Bluffs in Jeffersontown and Riverport Landings off Cane Run Road.
  • In 2019, we look forward to celebrating more affordable housing progress, with Watterson Lake View in south Louisville, York Towers in SoBro and The Friary in NuLu.


Other 2018 highlights:

  • In February, Mayor Fischer, representing U.S. mayors, took part in a 10-day trip to India, organized by the international Strong Cities Network, that included a visit to update His Holiness the Dalai Lama on our city’s compassion efforts.
  • In July, Louisville Metro Animal Services began construction on a new animal care complex on Newburg Road.
  • Coming in 2019: The Mayor will launch Lean Into Louisville, an unprecedented series of conversations, presentations, activities and art exhibits to explore and confront the history and legacy of all forms of discrimination and inequality in America and in our city.