Thanks to Highlands Tap Room Grill for Their Support of MHC’s Work through the “Thanksgiving Tuesday” Fundraiser on March 12!

MHC would like to thank Highlands Tap Room Grill for their generous support of our work through the ”
Thanksgiving Tuesday” fundraiser they hosted to benefit MHC on March 12!

Thanksgiving Tuesdays is a how the Highlands Tap Room Family says “thank you” and give back locally to the great organizations and charities serving Louisville. They donated 15% of the yesterday’s sales  to MHC!

We also want to thank everyone who came out to Highlands Tap Room Grill yesterday!  It was a fun day at a great restaurant!

For more information about the restaurant and to see a menu, go to

You can also  support another MHC member, the St. John Center for Homeless Men by attending their Highlands Tap Room Grill Thanksgiving Tuesday Fundraiser on March 26!

March 19 at 6PM-Louisville Metro Public Hearing on 2013-4 Action Plan for Federal Housing and Community Development Funds- This hearing will serve as March 2013 LVPC meeting

On Tuesday, March 19, Louisville Metro Government Department of Community Services and Revitalization will hold a public hearing to hear citizen priorities for the how Louisville Metro should use U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement funds for the next year.  The hearing will be at Mayor’s Gallery, 527 W. Jefferson Street, 6:00 p.m.

Entitlement funding includes Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Entitlement funds continue to be cut at the federal level, making continued prioritization of these funds of utmost importance.

Because this important hearing is the same date and time of our March 2013 Louisville Vacant Properties Campaign meeting, this hearing will serve as the the March LVPC Meeting.

The next Louisville Vacant Properties Campaign meeting will be Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7:30 PM at Presbyterian Community Center, 701 S. Hancock Street.

“Making Louisville Home for Us All: A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing.” Submit Your Ideas for Action Steps for the Plan!

The 2010 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in Louisville Metro, KY found that our community remains highly segregated by race, income and family status. Civil rights and equal protection laws of the 1960s created a basis for greater fairness, yet their passage could not undo the longstanding separations and inequalities in residential patterns that have been present since Louisville’s earliest days.

The Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission, in partnership with MHC and the University of Louisville Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research,  is developing a new project –Making Louisville Home for Us All- A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing.   This Fair Housing Action Plan, funded by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD),  aims to offer a fuller understanding of how our current housing problems came to be, and develop clear action steps that take that history into account. We will outline a concrete vision with action steps for Louisville to become a fair, welcoming, and diverse home to all of its people.

Download this flyer to learn more about Making Louisville A Home for Us All: A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing.

Click here to see a Powerpoint presentation on Making Louisville Home for Us All- A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing. It also addresses the historic legacies of segregation and the policies that supported it.

We appeal to elected officials, policymakers, social service providers, educators, housing advocates and ordinary Louisvillians in every walk of life to work together toward greater housing opportunities for all. Here are some preliminary action steps we propose:

  • Conduct a city-wide education campaign about what fair housing is, and why it is important.
  •  Change the Land Development Code for Louisville Metro and all other cities in Jefferson County to permit multi-family housing to occur in what are now single-family only areas, including incentives in land use to make the housing financially feasible.
  • Prepare for, welcome and work with our growing number of immigrant and International neighbors.
  • INSERT YOUR IDEA HERE! Yes, we want to hear from YOU!
What are your ideas for meeting the housing needs of all Louisville residents over the next 20 years?

Send an email to  Tell us:

  • What do you think are the top three barriers to fair housing choice in Louisville?
  • What are your recommended action steps to improve fair housing choice in Louisville?

Think big, think small, think creatively!

MHC also asks you to take action now!

Download and print this postcard to send to your Louisville Metro Councilperson

The card asks your Metro Councilperson to support changes to the Land Development Code that increase opportunities for multi-family housing and smaller lot sizes and that allow increased density in residential use of land.  The changes can help increase housing choice throughout our community.

Fair Housing Coalition Meeting- May 14, 2:00 p.m. at New Directions Housing Corporation. No April 2013 FHC meeting.

May 14 at 2:00 p.m.- Fair Housing Coalition Meeting.  New Directions Housing Corporation, 1000 E. Liberty Street.

The April 12 Fair Housing Month Forum will serve as the April meeting of the Fair Housing Coalition.

April 12- Fair Housing Coalition Fair Housing Month Forum, Spalding University Egan Leadership Center Lectoriam (Corner of 4th and Breckenridge Streets), 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The topic of the 2013 Fair Housing Month Forum will be  mental and behavioral health disabilities and how they impact housing choice.

Speakers include:  District Court Judge David Holton, Seven Counties Services Executive Director Anthony Zipple, Kathy Dobbins of Wellspring, Natalie Harris of the Coalition for the Homeless, a representative of Louisville Urban League’s Housing Counseling program, and Jim Burch of Seven Counties Services,  who coordinates services for people leaving incarceration.


State of Fair and Affordable Housing Report for Lexington-Fayette Urban County, Kentucky Released on February 6, 2013

A publication of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission (LFUCHRC),  the State of Fair and Affordable Housing Report for Lexington-Fayette Urban County, Kentucky examines local housing conditions in Lexington-Fayette Urban County with a particular focus on housing fairness, choice, and affordability.  LFUCHRC released this much needed in-depth look at fair and housing as a tool for both public and private sectors. LFUCHRC seeks to focus efforts to improve fair housing choices in Lexington and to strengthen the link between fair housing and affordable housing. Lexington, along with the rest of the state and country, has seen many demographic changes and gathered the information for easy access.

Metropolitan Housing Coalition and the University of  Louisville Center for Environmental Policy and Management did the research and writing of this report.  The report was produced in partnership with the Lexington Fair Housing Council and was funded by a grant from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Ray Sexton, the Executive Director of the LFUCHRC stated that “my hope is that this report is a self-reflection of Lexington to show that although we have made strides, more work needs to be done.  This report will be an important tool to overcome the impediments that it highlights.”  

The report’s findings include:

  • The Hispanic population, which reported as 7 percent of the population, is very concentrated.  There are several block groups where the Hispanic population is over 20 percent and several more block groups where the population is over 10 percent.  The number of block groups where these concentrations have happened has increased between 2000 and 2010.
  • There has been substantial growth in the number of persons who are non-native English speakers, with an increase of 186 percent between 2005 and 2012.
  •  The number of block groups where African Americans are over 50 percent increased between 2000 and 2010.  While African Americans are about 15 percent of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County population, there are substantial areas where African Americans are 0 to 5 percent of the population.
  • Of those households that rent, a renter household with the annual median income of all renter households ($24,913) would allocate 35 percent of their total income to rent alone at Fair Market Rent ($725).  Any percentage of income spent on housing that exceeds 30 percent is considered severely cost-burdened.
  • A disproportionately high number of owner-occupied homes are owned by white homeowners: 87 percent of homeowners in Lexington-Fayette Urban County are white, while they comprise only 78 percent of the county’s population.
  • Subsidized housing is concentrated in only a few council districts: 83 percent of public housing units are in three districts (1, 2, and 8), and 70 percent of project-based Section 8 units are located in three districts (4, 8, and 11).

Follow this link to download a copy of the State of Fair and Affordable Housing Report for Lexington-Fayette Urban County, Kentucky.