Mayor Fischer Names Katina Whitlock Director of Community Services
Mayor Greg Fischer has named Katina Whitlock as the new Director of Louisville Metro Community Services, the department which reduces homelessness, assists with household financial stability, advocates for targeted populations and improves the overall quality of life for families across our community.
Whitlock has served as assistant director of the department since 2013 and has been the senior manager since July of this year after a departmental restructuring. She brings a wealth of large non-profit management and community building experience developed through her previous professional roles at the University of Louisville, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare (now KentuckyOne Health), the Louisville Urban League and the WHAS Crusade for Children.
“Katina is a dynamic leader whose background in strategic planning, culture and community building and public relations will continue to move Community Services forward improving our service to people in this community," Fischer said. "She has the passion and compassion to seek new and innovative ways to deliver services that help build stronger families, stronger neighborhoods and stronger communities.”
Formerly known as Community Services and Revitalization (CSR), the department was reorganized in July 2014 with the divisions focused on home repair services, land use and vacant and abandoned property moving to the new Develop Louisville division, part of Louisville Forward. CSR's previous director, Virginia Peck, now leads the Office of Housing and Community Development and assistant director Jeana Dunlap leads the Office of Vacant and Abandoned Property, both divisions of Develop Louisville.
Community Services currently consists of the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership, Advocacy and Empowerment, Long-term Housing and Support, Senior Nutrition, Community Outreach, Administration and Planning and Neighborhood Place. Services range from providing safety net and homeless prevention programs to offering educational and training opportunities, case management, community-wide volunteer opportunities and asset building resources to help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency.
“I am excited for the opportunity this restructuring has provided our department to strengthen Community Services’ mission,” stated Katina Whitlock. “We have a great team of dedicated people who work daily to transform the lives of people in our community for the greater good.”
For more information about Community Services, visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/community-services or call 574-4377. The mission of the Department of Community Services is to improve the quality of life for all residents with an emphasis on poverty reduction and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in the Louisville Metro Community.