LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Twenty days ago, Louisville Metro Council designated $564,971 dollars from a surplus to find relief for the homeless population.
The plan details exactly where the money will go, divvying it up between several nonprofits to address some of the more prominent issues Louisville’s homeless population faces during the colder months.
“There is no one-size-fits-all solution,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
With no one cause or solution, homelessness is a complex issue, but city leaders are working to tackle the problem head on.
“Twenty days, that’s not normal for putting together this big of an aggressive plan,” Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith (D-District 4) said.
The more than half a million dollars of surplus money focuses on the city’s most immediate needs.
Of the money, $45,791 will go towards a temporary storage facility in a parking lot on East Liberty Street, owned by the Louisville Housing Authority. St. John’s Day Center staff will manage the site.
Four low-barrier shelters will also be funded. Those include the Healing Place, which will receive $90,000 to house 24 men, as well as provide various services.
Volunteers of America will house 10 families at Hotel Louisville and provide rapid re-housing services with $73,000 from the city.
Additionally, $97,500 will go to St. Stephen Baptist Church to shelter six families with help from the Coalition for the Homeless.
The fourth low-barrier shelter is actually already up and running. Wayside Christian Mission opened their doors on Christmas Eve -- the next night there were 94 people there to stay.
“We’ve been surprised with the number of people who have come in," Nina Mosely with Wayside said. "Very minimal problems and that’s a pleasant surprise as well.”
The minimal rules of the shelter allow couples, families, and pet-owners to stay together, as well as those who may have been kicked out of other shelters and those who have been drinking or using drugs.
Wayside’s shelter will receive $100,000.
Mosley said the funds will be used to get better equipment, like dividers and beds.
St. John and Uniting Partners for Women and Children will get $95,000 to deploy a team of outreach workers to connect people to these services.
There are also now options for pet housing and care in the plan.
This funding will start Jan. 14 and covers initiatives through June 30. A more permanent plan of what happens beyond that is expected in April.