Louisville, KY

Protesters gather outside Louisville Metro Housing Authority

July 15, 2014
Bound and gagged women protested the Louisville Metro Housing Authority on Tuesday afternoon.
     Protesters said the Section Eight Housing recipients, most of them African American women, should not be forced to be part of a federal housing experiment.

Neighbors seek to block spread of boarding houses

June 30, 2014
Vanessa Lackey and her neighbors became concerned in January when the new owner of a neighboring house told them he was converting a single-family home into a boarding house.
     Worried about the number of people who would be living there — and how they could affect the character of the neighborhood along with possible safety issues — they turned to elected officials.
     Lackey, president of the Westover Neighborhood Association and a resident of west Louisville for 50 years, and her neighbors are among a growing number of west Louisville leaders and residents who are concerned about what they consider transitional, boarding, group or temporary housing, often single-family homes converted to board several individuals.
     "It's not fair for us to live down there and you have 10, 11, 12 people in one house," said Bonnie Cole, president of the Shawnee Neighborhood Association. "How would you like to live next door?"
     "I couldn't even sleep sometimes because they were partying, so it has been a problem for a while. We just got tired. It was bringing the neighborhood down."

West Louisville residents concerned with growing number of halfway houses

May 18, 2014
It's the part of West Louisville you don't often see on the news.
     "We have beautiful homes down here. We have the same homes you see in St. Matthew's and the Highlands," Donna Pervis-Foster said.
     Homes rich in character and tucked away from the drugs and violence.
     "We don't want to abandon something that our parents worked hard for you know."
     A place where neighbors have been neighbors for generations. "I can tell you I've been here 39 years,"Pervis-Foster said.

Underhills purchase former Americana Apartments for $7 million

May 16, 2014
In a transaction viewed as a major economic boost for southern Louisville, a group led by Underhill Associates closed Friday on the purchase of the former Americana Apartments, a 624-unit complex off Southside Drive.
     The former Americana site, which the Underhills recently acknowledged they had under contract, is home to hundreds of refugees and other international residents.
     It was sold for $7 million, and partner Colin Underhill said the developers plan to invest many millions more in renovating the complex. It dates to the mid-1940s and originally housed returning World War II veterans, many of whom worked at the nearby Naval Ordnance Station Louisville, now an industrial park. The 66-building complex, now called Kingston Park Apartments, will be renamed Heritage Green, Underhill said.
     The Underhills formed Heritage Green Development LLC to purchase the complex from Intervest National Bank of New York.

Hotel Louisville offers hope along with a room

December 08, 2013
Six-year-old Sheylin Christian sat on the hotel room bed in her Snoopy pajamas playing a computer game as her mom recounted the desperate night they searched for a place to sleep under an overpass.
     “A year ago, we were staying at the Salvation Army, which is only a night shelter, and we’d missed the bus to get back. I was lost,” Adina Basham, 42, said, her words interrupted by an ambulance siren on West Broadway.
     Though they eventually found their way to Kosair Children’s Hospital, where hours-long testing on Sheylin’s persistent cough gave them indoor shelter, “It was very scary,” Basham said of that night.

Lexington fair housing organization alleges discrimination against rental property tenants

May 20, 2013
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Board of Commissioners met on Thursday, May 17, at Louisville headquarters to rule on discrimination complaints for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
     The commission ruled to accept a conciliation agreement between the Lexington Fair Housing Council and Motobi LLC, in Parks Hill, Ky.: The Lexington Fair Housing Council alleged Motobi discriminated against it based on the protected class of disability in the area of housing. This would be a violation of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the U.S. Fair Housing Act.

Small Appalachian town of Vicco adopts anti-bias law that protects gays

January 14, 2013
The Eastern Kentucky city of Vicco, population 334, adopted an ordinance Monday banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
     The small Appalachian town in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields becomes the smallest municipality in America with such an ordinance, according to advocates.
     The Vicco City Commission adopted the so-called fairness ordinance by a 3-1 vote, according to city attorney Eric Ashley.
     It’s only the fourth community in the state with such an ordinance — and the first outside the urban centers of Louisville, Lexington and Covington.

Kentucky rights commission plans fair-housing campaign

April 21, 2012
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights plans a statewide campaign to remind people about their right to fair housing.
     The campaign will include billboards as well as radio spots that will starting running next week on 89 radio stations across the state, with the intent to reach all 120 Kentucky counties, the agency said.
     The campaign, called “All Doors Are Open In Kentucky,” is part of the commission’s fair-housing program that will go on throughout the year. The commission is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the campaign.
     The radio advertisements will be in English, and in Spanish on Spanish-speaking stations.

Glenview Manor appealing ruling that allow missonaries to occupy home

November 01, 2011
The city of Glenview Manor on Lime Kiln Lane is appealing a Louisville Metro code enforcement ruling that lets six people engaged in missionary work and 14 mission students live in a single-family rental home on Lime Kiln Lane.
     Keith and Amy Goodlett, who own the home at 2805 Lime Kiln Lane, were cited in March by Metro Codes & Regulations for occupancy violations by Youth With a Mission Louisville, the organization that was renting the home.
     The group also was offering schooling at its Discipleship Training School and School of Ministry Development at the site, according to the citation, but the schooling there has stopped, said Steve Hendrix, case manager with Metro Planning & Design Services.

City to pay Wayside $145k to settle housing complaint

November 12, 2010
Louisville Metro government will pay Wayside Christian Mission nearly $145,000 to settle a complaint filed by the mission with Housing and Urban Development.
     Wayside filed the complaint with HUD in November 2009 after the mission was told it couldn't move its Women and Families Shelter from East Main Street to the old Mercy Academy property in the 1100 block of East Broadway in the Original Highlands neighborhood.
     Nina Moseley, chief operating officer of Wayside, says they felt the city was discriminating against its clients and violating the Federal Fair Housing Act.


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