Homeless Encampment Task Force

Homeless Encampment Task Force

In December 2017, Mayor Fischer created the Homeless Encampment Task Force to further the progress in reducing homelessness in Louisville.

The task force includes representatives from Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services and other Metro Government agencies, the Coalition for the Homeless, St. John’s Center, LMPD, Metro Corrections, homeless outreach teams and numerous individuals.

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Phase I of the Homeless Encampment Task Force outcomes include:

Thanks to a collaborative effort with more than 20 partner organizations and 60 participants, Phase I outcomes include:

  • Identifying and addressing those individuals who some had thought impossible to get off the streets and move into more stable housing and services.
  • Developed Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for government agencies involved in 21-Day Notices.
  • Requesting and receiving funding in the city's FY19 budget to contract with the University of Louisville to begin a five-month long assessment study that outlined the process of applying best practices to Louisville’s Continuum of Care (CoC) and include recommendations for the best long-term solutions.

Focus areas for next phase of the Homeless Encampment Task Force include:

  • Identifying gaps and barriers to shelter and permanent housing for those who are homeless.
  • Recruiting representation on the following subcommittees: General Members, Operations, Finance, Communications, Data Management, Community Outreach, Low Barrier Shelter, Aging/Disabled Unsheltered; Homeless Initiative.
  • Improving collaborations, alignments among stakeholders, and integration with the work of the city’s Unsheltered Homeless Initiatives funded by Louisville Metro Government.
  • Identifying others who need to be at this table

 

Be a part of the solution.
The Office of Resilience and Community Services, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the Continuum of Care are working on a new direction, a new purpose for the Louisville’s Homeless Encampment Task Force.  We are actively seeking individuals across the community to take part in this conversation.  We hope this new direction will lead to a unified voice and a unified plan with the overall goal of functional zero homelessness.  Our community can make this happen with the help of your voice -- public, non-profits, businesses, religious leaders, and concerned citizens. 

 

Questions/Comments/Concerns?

Please feel free to contact the Homeless Encampment Task Force co-chairs if there are any questions to help keep this work moving forward.

  • Tameka Laird, Director of Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services ([email protected])
  • Natalie Harris, Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless ([email protected])

Homeless Encampment Task Force 2020 Meeting Schedule:

Listed below is the schedule of meeting dates for the Louisville Metro Government Homeless Engagement Taskforce for the 2020 calendar year. The Taskforce typically meets quarterly on Thursdays (4th Thursday) between 2 – 4  p.m.  Locations for some of these meetings are to be determined.  Meetings are open to the public.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020, 2 – 4  p.m.  - CANCELLED
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020, 2 – 4  p.m. 
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020, 2 – 4  p.m. 
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020*, 2 – 4  p.m.
    (*1st Thursday due to holiday season

Learn more about the work of Louisville’s Homeless Encampment Task Force by reading the “Year-End Report & Recommendations, December 2018.

 

Plan for Expenditure of FY18 Surplus Funds to address homelessness

In December 2018, Louisville Metro Council members recommended and approved the transfer of $546,791 from the city's FY18 year-end budget adjustment to further address the needs of unsheltered homeless individuals in the community.  

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Funding was allocated to six external agencies servicing seven programs which will provide the following:  a storage facility where homeless people can store their belongings when going into shelter; four options for low-barrier shelters; additional beds, cots and mats, and housing for homeless families; meals and outreach workers to connect individuals to resources throughout the community; and options to house and care for homeless persons’ pets.  This funding covers a short-term plan for work that began Jan. 15, 2019 and will operate through June 30, 2019.  Read press release.

The six agency recipients of the funding include:

  • The Healing Place
  • Wayside Christian Mission
  • Family Life Center, Inc. at St. Stephen’s
  • Volunteers of America
  • St. John Center for Homeless Men
  • UP Louisville (United Partners for Women’s and Children)

     

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