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

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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 http://www.givelocallouisville.org

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 info@metropolitanhousing.org.

 

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

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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)

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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

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