City announces opportunity to apply for funding for mid-year shelter bed expansion

January 22, 2021

Intent is to increase shelter capacity for subpopulations of persons experiencing homelessness

LOUISVILLE, KY (January 22, 2021) On January 22, 2021, Louisville Metro Government (LMG) begins accepting applications from non-profit organizations that wish to partner with Metro Government to expand emergency shelter capacity for a specific subpopulation of persons/families experiencing homelessness.

The intent is to increase Louisville’s capacity to provide emergency housing that can be mindful to the specific needs of different populations of persons living without shelter. For example:  

  • Spaces with hospital-style beds or other medical accommodations for persons with disabilities,
  • Spaces for youth who identify as LGBTQ+,
  • Beds reserved for persons with substance use disorders who recently left incarceration,
  •  Other

The pilot program will have a $95,000 budget, designated for emergency shelter bed expansion.

Recently created street outreach programs in the community have helped LMG bring more structure to homelessness supports and interventions for many persons in encampments and other visible locations. However, not all people experiencing homelessness locally gather in encampments. A trend observed in recent studies conducted by the University of Louisville’s (U of L’s) report:  “Solving Street Homelessness in Louisville, KY: Improving the Climate of Care for Indviduals Experiencing Homelessness” found that focus also needs to be given to how hard-to-reach populations may be targeted for support. The intent of this funding is to create low barrier spaces that are more appealing to as-yet hard to reach subpopulations.

Population Targets:       
Shelter beds for persons/families with persons)

  • Who identify LGBTQ+
  • With physical disabilities or chronic illnesses
  • With serious/persistent mental illness
  • Who meet the HUD definition of chronic homelessness
  • Who are age 18 or younger
  • With a substance use disorder
  • Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS
  • Recently released from incarceration
  • Escaping domestic violence
  •  Other subpopulation of persons experiencing homelessness

Applications will be accepted via SurveyMonkey beginning January 22, 2021 and the window for consideration will close on February 8, 2021 by 5 p.m.

There was a one-hour virtual public information session on January 27, 2021 at 10 a.m. to address questions related to the funding. 

Click the link below for a recording of this session (password JDFNcSYD)

A guide for the application which contains every question on the application with notes to help clarify what is being asked can be found here:

Use this budget template to complete in advance of filling out application below:

The complete application can be found here:

The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021 by 5 p.m.

It is recommended to first consult the application guide with any questions. If further guidance is needed, send questions by email to [email protected].


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