Few rental units available for Louisville’s new refugees

June 23, 2015
NEWS | Catholic Charities, Cathy Hinko, Dana Duncan, John Koehlinger
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     inShare 1 Few rental units available for Louisville’s new refugees by David Serchuk
     Image from Kentucky Refugee Ministries Image courtesy Kentucky Refugee Ministries Louisville’s tight rental market is leaving few housing units available for new refugees, leading one of the city’s top aid groups in a scramble to place new refugees and in search of a more permanent fix — including working with Metro government on a proposal to build new, refugee-specific transitional housing.
     Kentucky Refugee Ministries Executive Directer John Koehlinger said there could be a severe shortage in housing for the city’s incoming refugees as soon as two years from now.
     “The problem is saturation,” he said. “We fill the complex, people renew their leases, and there are fewer and fewer vacant apartments for our new arrivals.”