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.


2014 State of Metropolitan Housing Report Release

12:00 p.m. EST

Thursday, December 4, 2014



1535 West Broadway

Louisville, Kentucky 40203

For more information, CONTACT:

Cathy Hinko

(502) 584-6858


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