Louisville takes steps to house more homeless

Louisville takes steps to house more homeless
Winter is especially rough on people living on the streets. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Getting the homeless out of the cold -- Louisville’s Metro Council took the first step toward creating a low-barrier homeless shelter.

That means a shelter with more relaxed rules.

On Thursday night, the budget committee approved spending $546,000 from the surplus budget to provide more services for those sleeping on the streets.

Short-term, the money will provide more beds and storage lockers. But the long-term goal is to expand the number of beds in existing shelters, and create a low-barrier shelter.

Some homeless people have told us they avoid shelters because of rules about curfews, wake up calls or sobriety.

“That represents some challenges for us often times from a security standpoint,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “So we’re making sure we’ve got all the details around that wrapped up before anything takes place.”

The full council will vote on the funding on Thursday, Dec. 13.

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