LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Drive under some of Louisville’s interstate overpasses and Louisville’s homeless crisis becomes evident. Under every blanket is a person who is cold, hungry, and more than likely hopeless.
Earlier this month, Louisville’s Metro Council took a step toward creating a low-barrier homeless shelter. That means a shelter with more relaxed rules. Along with the city’s efforts, there are several organizations that try to help those living on the streets.
Over the past seven years, people have been coming together for food, music, and purpose for an event called Give-A-Jam. Local musicians and artists have been teaming up for years along with the Coalition for the Homeless. This is their way of trying to end youth, veteran and chronic homelessness in Louisville.
“It’s a really wonderful feeling to know all these musicians are just trying to help improve our community,” John Harris with the Coalition for the Homeless said.
“What Give-A-Jam does is allows us to have the flexible money to allow us to move people into housing quickly,” Natalie Harris from the Coalition for the Homeless said.
That need is increasing, because Louisville has a growing number of people living on the street.
“We’re definitely seeing some sub-populations that are doing better in homelessness, ,”Natalie Harris said. "But, I think what most people are effected by is our street homeless population has really increased. We see both with the loss of shelter beds in our community and an increase in drug addiction.”
Harris says Give-A-Jam gives people a way to help the homeless.
This year’s Give-A-Jam event will be on December 20th 7 PM-10 PM at Headliners Music Hall off Lexington Road in Louisville. General admission is $20 in advance / $25 at the door. There are also VIP tickets available. Artists performing include: Ben Sollee, John Gage, Tyrone Cotton, Relic with Michael Cleveland, and many more.
For more information and tickets click here.