MHC included in HUD publication: “Expanding Opportunity Through Fair Housing Choice”

MHC’s work on Louisville Metro’s 20-year plan for fair housing mentioned in great article from HUD’s Evidence Matters:

“Localities such as Louisville, Kentucky have taken the initiative in assessing how municipal planning can further fair housing and reduce segregation. Building off of a thorough 2010 AI, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission developed “Making Louisville Home for Us All: A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing.” Prepared by the University of Louisville Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Metropolitan Housing Coalition with funding from HUD, the plan outlines short-, medium-, and long-term actions to promote fair housing ranging from community education and engagement to steps to increase the supply of affordable housing. The plan infuses the policies and practices of the Louisville metropolitan area’s many government departments and agencies with a focus on affirmatively furthering fair housing.74 Such proactive efforts to reduce segregation through local planning processes such as residential and transportation development coupled with antidiscrimination enforcement hold the promise of creating true fair housing choice.”

Full article at the link embedded above or at

2014 MHC Annual Meeting to feature a top HUD fair housing official and silent auction

Annual Meeting Flier #1

Great new mini-doc on Louisville’s vacant & abandoned properties features MHC Exec. Dir. Hinko

The film is the work of filmmaker Russell Goodwin. We thank Russell for sharing the final product with us.

LEO Weekly on Louisville segregation & 20-Yr Action Plan to remedy

From reporter April Corbin: Action plan recaps decades of racial segregation in neighborhoods — and shows the path to ending it.

“Gone (for the most part) are the most blatant forms of housing discrimination. In their wake, subtler forms of discrimination that ultimately lead to less economic opportunities and increased health risks for racial minorities and other protected classes.”

Full article at LEO Web site via link:

Louisville Courier-Journal: “Nearly half of Louisville lives in ‘extreme segregation'”

A gripping and important story from reporter Jere Downs published in today’s  paper that shows the ongoing need for organizations like MHC: “Almost a half-century after the local fair housing movement began in 1967, Louisville remains a deeply segregated city, with about half of all residents surrounded by people of their same race, according to a Metro Human Relations Commission report being issued today…”

Read the rest at the Courier-Journal Website:

Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission Releases 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing

Louisville Metro Releases 20-Year Action Plan

for Fair Housing


February 13, 2014 – The Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission (LMHRC) will release a 20-year action plan for improving fair housing, Making Louisville Home For Us All: A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing, at a press conference on Thursday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m. at The Kentucky Center for African Heritage, 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203.  Release of the report will coincide with the LMHRC’s annual Race & Relations Conference, to be held on February 13th and 14th, 2014.

Making Louisville Home for Us All details Louisville’s history of discrimination in housing and efforts over time to combat that discrimination.  The report documents, utilizing many kinds of data, that residential segregation remains a major problem in metro Louisville and suggests forward-looking remedies. The report analyzes action steps developed from the 2010 report Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in Louisville Metro, KY. Making Louisville Home for Us All contains goals to effectively measure and continuously improve fair housing choice in our community.

According to Catherine Fosl, University of Louisville social scientist and lead researcher of the report, “This 20-year action plan offers concrete steps for making fair and affordable housing a reality in metro Louisville.  Unlike many action plans in major cities all across the USA,  it is firmly grounded in our local history.  That history includes persistent structural residential segregation and discrimination that are with us still, but it also includes concerted effort and creative initiatives by many Louisvillians working together in search of ending housing disparities and reducing poverty. That kind of long term commitment by government and business leaders and ordinary citizens is an important part of what lies ahead in rooting out the vestiges of discrimination and making Louisville home for us all.”

The report was researched and produced for the LMHRC by the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research in consultation with the Metropolitan Housing Coalition (MHC), which coordinated the development of the action steps outlined in the report.

“Louisville’s current segregation is a legacy of past policies spanning decades”, said Cathy Hinko, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition. “Having action steps to further fair housing that takes us out twenty years is the right framework for the future for Louisville,” said Hinko. “There are immediate action steps to take, but there must be a long-term commitment.”  Hinko identified two action steps she believes are real “game changers”:  Making fair housing a mandatory lens for review of all actions by all parts of Metro government and the development and utilization of a market analysis to assess housing demand by area of the city, type of housing, price/rental points needed and connection to job centers.

The principal editor and author of the report is Catherine Fosl, PhD. Contributors include Cathy Hinko, Nicole Cissell, Amber Duke, Curtis Stauffer, Joshua Poe, Mariam Williams, and Dana Loustalot Duncan, with special assistance from Tracy E. K’Meyer, PhD.

The report was made possible through 2012-13 partnership funds to the LMHRC as a Fair Housing Assistance Program agency, part of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)/Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO).

The report is available as a free download at

MHC in the news!: “Is the American Dream of owning a home with a white picket fence officially dead?”

“It’s just a different market, a different housing paradigm,” says [MHC Exec. Dir. Cathy] Hinko. “We cannot be ruled by past notions.”

Be sure to read this article about home ownership and the rise in renters by reporter April Corbin in the January 22nd edition of Louisville’s Leo Weekly. MHC and our 2013 State of Metropolitan Housing Report feature prominently in the piece. You can read the entire article at:


MHC in the news: More renting in Louisville, ownership slide appears to bottom

From reporter Jere Downs of the Courier-Journal:

“More people in the Louisville area are renting a place to live, but home ownership is showing signs of a rebound for the first time since the 2008 housing crisis, according to a report released [DEC 10, 2013] by the Metropolitan Housing Coalition.”


MHC in the news: “Housing Coalition Says Louisville Should Change Zoning Laws”

“It can be controversial to change zoning laws, says MHC executive director Cathy Hinko.

“You own property, you’re kind of afraid of change, rightfully so. You want to be convinced that it’s the logical thing to do, it’s in the best interest of you, your family, your community,” she says.

But implementing the right zoning laws has helped communities create diversity by offering more affordable housing in more neighborhoods, Hinko argues.”

Read the whole story at (12/11/2013)


MHC to Release 2013 State of Metropolitan Housing Report

MHC will release the 2013 State of Metropolitan Housing Report at a press conference and forum on Tuesday, December 10th at noon at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway, Louisville, KY.  The report examines nine indicators of fair and affordable housing progress in the 13-county Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).  In addition to the nine measures, this year’s report focuses on renters, a growing segment of the community.

“The State of Metropolitan Housing Report is critically important for the Louisville area as it provides a clear and ongoing record of the challenges we as a community face in making safe, decent, affordable housing available to everyone in our community regardless of race, ethnicity, or income,” said Adam Hall, MHC’s board president and Assistant Vice President, Community Development Relationship Manager II with Fifth Third Bank.  “Without this type of long-term and consistent data, we would be challenged to track our progress and judge the success of efforts to increase and improve the quality of affordable housing in our community,” added Hall.

The report is made possible by the generous support of Louisville Metro Government through the Department of Community Services and Revitalization, Louisville Metro Council Neighborhood Development Fund- with thanks to Metro Councilmembers Marianne Butler, Cindi Fowler, Madonna Flood, Robin Engel, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Tina Ward-Pugh, Tom Owen, Vicki Aubrey Welch, David James, Barbara Shanklin, Attica Woodson Scott, David Yates, Rick Blackwell, Jim King, Jerry Miller, Dan Johnson, Kelly Downard, Glen Stuckel and Mary C. Woolridge for their support of this year’s report – PNC Bank, BB&T Bank, Fifth Third Bank and the Gannett Foundation.

The data in the 2013 SMHR shows:

  • The 2011 homeownership rate for the Louisville MSA was 63 percent, the lowest rate of homeownership for the Louisville area since the State of Metropolitan Housing Report began tracking the figure in 2003.
  • There were 15,316 homeless students in Jefferson County Public Schools during the 2011-2012 academic year, and an additional 1,091 homeless students in the surrounding Louisville MSA counties.
  • Following the redistricting in November 2011, most Louisville Metro Council districts saw little change in the percentage of subsidized housing units in their respective districts.  Council districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 15 combined are still home to nearly all (93 percent) of all subsidized units.
  • The median household income for renters in the Louisville MSA is $26,572, which falls short of the income needed to afford a two-bedroom unit at FMR by $2,287 annually.
  • The Louisville MSA saw a total of 4,511 foreclosures in 2012, an increase of 91 percent since 2002, but a decrease of 20 percent from 2011.

The focus topic of the 2013 State of Metropolitan Housing Report is Renters and Rental Housing.  The housing market is Louisville is different from than it was 7 years ago.  We have 49,747 more people living in rental housing units in 2012 than there were in 2005 and slight drop (4,663 fewer people) in the population living in owned housing units (this also represents a 16 percent increase in the number of rental households and a 2 percent decrease in owner households).  Yet rental housing is confined to a really small geographic area in Louisville.  When we look at renters, we see that people under the age of 35 are twice as likely to rent as own.  The significance is that people are older before they purchase a home. Equally interesting is that 22 percent of renters have incomes over $50,000 a year.  More affluent people are choosing to rent.  The future in Louisville may encourage residential tenures that are somewhere between rental and ownership with innovative equity building methods.

The Metropolitan Housing Coalition, made up of over 300 member organizations and individuals, has advocated for fair, safe and affordable housing for all people in the Louisville MSA, often working closely with many grassroots organizations and direct service providers, for more than two decades.

The 2013 State of Metropolitan Housing Report will be available from MHC by calling the office at 502-584-6858 and will be available on-line at as of December 11.

Contacts for the Metropolitan Housing Coalition 

MHC Office Phone Number: (502) 584-6858

Cathy Hinko, Executive Director

Dana Loustalot Duncan, Development Director

Authors of the report: 

Lauren C. Heberle, Ph.D.

Carol Norton, AICP

Allison Smith, Ph.D.

Center for Environmental Policy and Management

University of Louisville

Phone: 502.852.3869


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