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 dana@metropolitanhousing.org 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 info@metropolitanhousing.org.

 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

WFPL:

Takeaways From the 2014 Louisville Metro Housing Report

MHC’s 2014 State of Metropolitan Housing Report to be released December 4

2014SMHR COVER ONLY

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 12:00PM, METROPOLITAN HOUSING COALITION (MHC) will host a public event at the LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE (1535 W. Broadway) to mark the release of the MHC’s annual State of Metropolitan Housing Report for 2014. This year’s report is made possible by the generous support of Louisville Metro Government, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank and the Gannett Foundation.

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 statistical area, which includes five counties in southern Indiana.

The 2014 State of Metropolitan Housing Report also revisits focus topics and recommendations made by Metropolitan Housing Coalition over the past eight years. The 2014 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.

The State of Metropolitan Housing Report includes important data on foreclosures, homeownership rates, and homelessness, among other housing-related topics.  The report clearly demonstrates Metropolitan Louisville’s growing need for safe, fair, and affordable housing.

Bringing these important policy areas together through the lens of fair and affordable housing clarifies what it takes to sustain a healthy community. Examining concrete policies that support affordable housing in a holistic manner reveals the material impact of those connections.

“We all succeed or fail together” said Cathy Hinko, MHC’s Executive Director.  “Our neighbors breathe the same air; our businesses succeed if workers are stable and can easily get to jobs or live near employment, our children succeed in school if classes have students that attend the school all year and have safe and stable homes that their parents can afford. We plan for a good future when we address these issues as part of housing.”

The Metropolitan Housing Coalition, made up of over 300 member organizations and individuals, has educated and advocated for fair, safe and affordable housing and increased housing choices for all people in the Louisville MSA, for over 25 years. For more information on MHC, visit our Web site at www.metropolitanhousing.org. All MHC reports and publications are available as free downloads on the Web site.

WHEN:

2014 State of Metropolitan Housing Report Release

12:00 p.m. EST

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WHERE:

LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE

1535 West Broadway

Louisville, Kentucky 40203

For more information, CONTACT:

Cathy Hinko

(502) 584-6858

cathy@metropolitanhousing.org

Join MHC for Coalition Night!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 pm
at MHC
3587 Dutchmans
(inside the JFCS building on the corner of Cannons)

OCT 8 Flier NEW

Learn about the issues MHC is currently focusing on and the tools we’re helping create to ensure everyone in Louisville and Southern Indiana have a safe, affordable, and fair place to call home.

Find out how YOU can get involved, why the Coalition matters, and how together WE can make a difference!
(And have a bit of fun too!)

Light refreshments will be served.
Drawings for door prizes.
For more information, call MHC at 502-584-6858.

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 http://www.huduser.org/portal/periodicals/em/spring14/highlight1.html

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: http://leoweekly.com/news/unfair-housing

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: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140213/NEWS01/302130024/Nearly-half-Louisville-lives-extreme-segregation-

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