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Who We Are
Metropolitan Housing Coalition Mission
To bring together Greater Louisville’s public and private resources to provide equitable, accessible housing opportunities for all people though advocacy, public education and support for affordable housing providers. An organizational informational brochure is available for download here. MHC Informational Brochure
The Metropolitan Housing Coalition was formed in the late 1980s by a group of local housing and community leaders responding to two distinct events. The first was the surge in the number of homeless on the streets of Louisville, caused by the de-institutionalization of persons with mental illness in the 1980s. This shortage was heightened by the expansion of Standiford Field Airport, which would cause the eventual displacement of thousands of middle and low-income households whose homes were in the path of the expansion.
The group of advocates for affordable housing who formed MHC included:
- City of Louisville
- Jefferson County Housing Authority
- St. Matthews Area Ministries
- United Way of Kentucky
- New Directions Housing Corporation
- Coalition for the Homeless
- Kentucky Commission of Human Rights
- Legal Aid Society
- Highland Presbyterian Church
- The Lutheran Synod
- League of Women Voters
- Fair Housing Council
- Kentucky District Council of Carpenters
- Bank One
- Louisville Community Design Center
MHC was formed to develop collective strategies and to pool resources in order to affect local affordable housing programs and policies. It met for one year at the Highland Presbyterian Church every other month before it applied for funding for staff. When it submitted a proposal to the Bingham Foundation for a million dollars, it was given $100,000 to last three years until the organization became self-sufficient.
With this grant MHC hired its first Director, Suzy Post, a civil rights and civil liberties advocate who remained on staff as Director until 2002. Jane Walsh succeeded Suzy Post, serving as Executive Director from 2002 to 2005. Cathy Hinko became Executive Director of MHC in 2005.