Mayor, Council members announce recipients of American Rescue Plan funding for permanent supportive housing initiatives
Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Council members today announced the city is in contract negotiations to devote about $32 million of federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars to five community organizations for permanent supportive housing projects, providing help to vulnerable people not only with more stable housing, but also more opportunities for stability and productivity in their lives.
The $32 million funding allocation was approved by Metro Council in November 2021 through Ordinance 168.
“Like other cities across our nation, Louisville has faced and is facing a critical challenge in addressing the needs of those with no stable housing, and we are committed to finding an array of options for them,” the Mayor said. “It’s vital that we invest in both housing and support services for our most vulnerable residents and their families, those with disabilities who also are houseless.
“I’m especially thankful to Metro Council members Bill Hollander, Paula McCraney, Jecorey Arthur and Scott Reed for their leadership in this area, and to our dedicated, compassionate community partners who are working every day to create solutions that help people. I’d also again like to thank President Biden and Congress for recognizing the need to fund transformative projects in our communities following the historic disruptions caused by COVID-19.”
The project proposals that the city is in negotiations on are:
- John’s Center for the Homeless: $17.5 million for permanent supportive housing;
- Volunteers of America: $4.5 million for 18 units of permanent supportive housing that will be part of a development with 62 affordable housing units;
- Wellspring: $3.3 million to purchase and remodel units for permanent supportive housing;
- House of Ruth: $6.5 million for 40 units of permanent supportive housing;
Choices: $120,000, for one house for permanent supportive housing.
“The solution to homelessness is housing,” said Councilman Hollander, D-9. “Many people who are living on our streets also need supportive services to get back on their feet. Housing and those services are what these units will provide. Today’s announcement is a critical step toward seeing that every Louisvillian has a safe, decent and affordable place to live.”
"All citizens should have access to safe and stable housing. The reality, however, is that some of our most vulnerable neighbors struggle to find and maintain stable homes. I was honored to work on the ARP task force that made this round of funding possible to help homeless individuals find and remain in long-term housing while receiving multi-disciplinary care. This ARP work is an example of what government is at its best," said Councilwoman McCraney D-7.
In all, Louisville Metro Government (LMG) was allocated $388 million in ARP Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, approved by Congress to meet the most urgent needs of communities across the country as they rebuild from the devastating impact of the pandemic.
This is the fifth round of ARP spending by Mayor Fischer and Metro Council – and is based on priority areas that the Mayor and Metro Council agreed on for the federal funding: Public Safety; Public Health; Homelessness and Affordable Housing; Workforce Development; and Healthy Louisville/Healthy Neighborhoods.
The first round of spending went to COVID-related emergency needs, including $45.2 million for Public Health and eviction prevention, and was approved by Metro Council in June 2021. The second round, approved by Council in November 2021, focused on critical initiatives to address public safety challenges and homelessness, build more affordable housing for the community, continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, and recognize the efforts of public employees.
A third round, approved as part of the year-end budget adjustments in December 2021, included hiring incentives for the city’s public safety agencies. In June 2022, the Mayor signed a fourth round designating $79 million for health and lifelong learning initiatives.
There is approximately $58 million in remaining ARP funds to be allocated.