MHC working with Mercy Academy students

MHC has been working with students from Mercy Academy for their senior project: “Helping Others Live Mercy.” They will be having a special event “Help Others Live Mercy Night” on Tuesday, November 29th at 7 p.m. at Mercy Academy, 5801 Fegenbush Lane. You can learn more about their work by visiting:

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And click the link to check out this amazing video they made!


2016 Annual Meeting a Success!

Annual Meeting Room picture

The Annual Meeting was an amazing success! First off, thank you to our keynote speaker, Emily Allen, Vice President of the AARP Foundation. Ms. Allen’s speech was titled “Housing – the Linchpin of Well-Being,” and there is a link to the full speech below (in PDF format). Also, a big thanks to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear who discussed the Attorney General Office’s new Scam Alerts program and their additional work helping aging adults.

Thank you to the Olmsted for helping us put together a wonderful event. Everything looked beautiful, and the food was delicious!

Of course, the event would not have been possible without the overwhelming support of our organizational sponsors:

Keynote Sponsors
Fifth Third
PNC Bank

Groundbreaking Sponsors
Develop Louisville
Kentucky Housing Corporation
LDG Development
Louisville Metro Housing Authority
New Directions
PBI Bank
Stites and Harbison
Tyler Park Neighborhood Association

Advocate Sponsors
Craig Henry PLC
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville
Housing Partnership Inc.
Jewish Family & Career Services
Louisville Urban League
River City Housing
Woodforest Bank

In-Kind Sponsors
Republic Bank
AARP of Kentucky & AARP Foundation

Finally, thank you to our volunteers and to everyone that attended! We hope you will join us next year and the many years that follow!

Here is a link to Emily Allen’s full speech.

EmilyAllen – Full Speech

MHC’s 2016 Annual Meeting: Thursday, June 9th from 5:15-7:15 pm at the Olmsted

Please join the Metropolitan Housing Coalition for our 2016 Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 9th from 5:15-7:15 p.m. at the Olmstea, 3701 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY

This year’s keynote speaker is Emily Allen, Senior Vice President, Foundation Programs & Vice President Income Impact with AARP Foundation.

“Throughout her career, Ms. Allen’s primary passion has been on serving the needs of those most at risk in our communities.  She has served in a number of capacities in the non-profit, education and workforce development arenas and has worked across the generations to ensure vulnerable and at risk individuals have access to the resources and services they need to thrive.  Beginning her career as a Special Education teacher and school administrator on Andros Island, Bahamas, Ms. Allen later accepted positions with AARP and AARP Foundation as Director, Economic Security and Workforce Programs before being named Vice President for AARP Foundation in 2011.

In her current role, Ms. Allen is responsible for overseeing AARP Foundation’s four impact areas that focus on addressing issues of Senior Hunger, Income Security, Affordable and Adequate Housing and Reducing Social Isolation. Through innovation and the development and implementation of programs and interventions, the Foundation’s collective work focuses on ensuring that low income older adults are able to secure the essentials in life.

Ms. Allen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Westminster College and a Master’s Degree in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University.”

Individual tickets are $70 per person, and there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. Dinner will also be served during the event. You can download the flyer below or click on the image to enlarge it.

For more information regarding sponsorships or questions, contact Michael Kolodziej, Development Director, at or at (502) 584-6858.

2016 MHC Annual Meeting Flyer

2016 MHC Annual Meeting Flyer



Join us Tuesday, April 5th for a community forum on Aging in Place

Join MHC and our community partners for a forum on: Aging in Place Tuesday, April 5th at noon at Metro United Way, 334 E. Broadway. Louisville, KY 40204.

Representatives from AARP of Kentucky, ElderServe, KIPDA (Area Agency on Aging), and Louisville Metro Government’s Develop Louisville, will discuss  the upcoming challenges as an increasing number of our population ages and what services will be necessary to ease the transition.

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2015 SMHR Release Event Tuesday December 8 at noon

Join MHC and attend the public forum for the release of the 2015 State of Metropolitan Housing Report (SMHR) on Tuesday, December 8 at noon at New Directions Housing Corporation, 1000 E. Liberty St. Louisville, KY 40204.

The report examines nine housing indicators that MHC tracks to assess annual progress on fair housing and affordable housing opportunities in the 13-county Louisville metropolitan area, which includes five counties in southern Indiana.

The 2015 State of Metropolitan Housing Report also revisits focus topics and recommendations made by Metropolitan Housing Coalition over the past eight years.

The 2015 report re-examines five key policy areas: planning and zoning, transportation, utilities, environmental quality, and vacant properties. These are policy issues that intersect to impact the distribution of fair, affordable, and safe housing across our area. By highlighting examples of progress and on-going opportunities for improvement, we bring attention to the need for understanding how decisions in one sphere impact outcomes in others.

Support MHC during Give Local Louisville: Thursday, 10/1/2015



The Metropolitan Housing Coalition is pleased to participate in Give Local Louisville, a 24-hour online “give day” on October 1 dedicated to increasing your impact with proportionate match dollars and prize money contributed from the Community Foundation of Louisville and its supporting sponsors: LG&E and KU Energy, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kentucky, Delta Dental of Kentucky, Sam Swope Auto Group, and a generous anonymous foundation. Give Local Louisville is the biggest day of local giving for our community, and last year, the generous people of Louisville raised a total of $1.89M for 166 nonprofits!

Online credit card giving will take place here from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 1. If you have a Charitable Checking Fund or Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, you may recommend a grant of any amount to MHC that will be added to the total amount we raise on October 1. Two conditions apply: (1) you must designate your grant for Give Local Louisville and (2) submit your grant request between August 3 and no later than 3:00 P.M. on September 25. See MyFund for additional details.

Donations to MHC will help us continue advocating for fair, safe, and affordable housing policies via research, community education, and collaboration-building

Let’s see how much we can raise in 24 hours! Invite your family, friends, coworkers, and employers to donate on October 1 and help make Give Local Louisville a huge success for our community!

For more information, visit

Help Change One of the Last Local Laws that Bars Fair Housing Choice

Come out to a Metro Council subcommittee meetings on proposed changes to Louisville’s zoning laws that, if approved by the subcommittee and later the full council, would significantly advance fair and affordable housing in our community.

We need YOU to attend the meeting of the Metro Council Ad Hoc Committee on the Land Development Code on Monday, June 22nd. The meeting will start at 3pm in Metro Council chambers at 601 W. Jefferson St.

After a two year long public process, these recommendations are now before council. The committee will likely vote on these recommendations at one of these meetings. Whatever they approve of the recommendations, some or all, will then go the full Metro Council for a vote.

Passage of these changes is considered critical to Metro Government’s 20-year plan to end housing segregation and advance fair housing choice. Your visible support at these meetings could make the difference.

Can’t make the meeting?
Contact the members of the Land Development Code Ad Hoc Committee: Peden – 23 (Chair), Ackerson (Vice Chair) – 26, Bryant Hamilton – 5, Magre – 10, and Stuckel – 17.
Also call YOUR Metro Council representative and tell them you support the proposed fair and affordable housing changes to the
Land Development Code: (502) 574-1100
Don’t know your council representative? Call the number above and Metro staff can help connect you.

Here are some backgrounder documents on the proposed changes:

Description of Fair and Affordable Housing recommendations

Fair and Affordable Housing Sub-committee Report to LDC Main Cmte

For more information, contact MHC at (502) 584-6858 or


Senior economic advisor from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to serve as keynote speaker at 2015 MHC Annual Meeting on May 21

William Emmons, senior economic adviser at the St Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability will be speaking to the Metropolitan Housing Coalition Annual Meeting on May 21st. The Center’s research and analysis is focused on the rebuilding of the household balance sheets of struggling American families. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, previously scheduled to speak on this date, is unavailable due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

The luncheon event will be held on Thursday, May 21st, at The Olmsted, at 3701 Frankfort Avenue. A social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin and lunch served after 12:00 p.m.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Dana Duncan, Development Director, at or call (502) 584-6858.

Individual tickets are available for $70 and may be purchased with a credit card through MHC’s Web site. Simply click the donate button and indicate that your donation is for Annual Meeting tickets in the comments box. Tickets may also be purchased with check made to MHC and sent to PO BOX 4533 Louisville, KY 40204.

MHC’s 2015 Legislative Agenda

It’s that time of year again! Here is MHC’s legislative agenda for the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly session. The Coalition creates an agenda based on member feedback and the work of our Education and Advocacy Committee. Membership on the committee is open to the public. All proposed legislative agenda items must be approved by MHC’s Education and Advocacy Committee and the MHC Board of Directors. For more information about serving on an MHC committee a legislative agenda item, contact MHC at (502) 584-6858 or email

 State issues:

  • Repeal of escheat law for non-citizens who own land
  • Land Bank reform:  We are waiting to see the legislation, but MHC supports updating the state legislation allowing for local land bank authorities.
  • Support a reduction in the 10 year period that someone with a lien has to initiate a foreclosure.  We want it reduced to about 5 years (negotiable).
  • Support any legislation that allows local government to purchase its own property tax liens before private purchases.
  • Energy:  support state legislation on energy that has a funding source to pay for energy efficient improvements for units occupied by low-income households.
  • Personal income tax reform:  support reform that helps low-income households.
  • Bridge toll credit:  support legislation that allows low-income persons to get a tax credit to offset paying tolls on the new bridge, especially to get to work, school or frequent use.
  • Support Fairness for housing for all persons in the whole state.
  • Support Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act throughout state
  • Support passage of LIFT
  • Support passage of payday lending reform legislation

Local level issues:

  • Land Development Code reform:  Support the recommendations of the Fair and Affordable Housing Sub-committee of the Land Development Code review to encourage affordable housing and to permit fair housing in allowing multi-family in the over 70% of land zoned single family.
  • Support local government passing funding for the LAHTF
  • Support local government buying its own property tax liens instead of selling to private speculators.
  • Support using a Fair Housing Assessment for all government departments in deciding how to use resources.
  • Support local government becoming an Intervenor in rate cases brought by LG&E before the Public Service Commission.





Media coverage of the 2014 State of Metropolitan Housing Report release

A sampling of local media coverage of the release of MHC’s 2014 State of Metropolitan Housing:

The Louisville Courier-Journal:

Affordable Housing Needs Remain in Louisville

Findings from the 2014 SMHR

Insider Louisville:

Metropolitan Housing Coalition report highlights affordable housing barriers, recommends action


Takeaways From the 2014 Louisville Metro Housing Report

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