Study shows radical split for single mothers who need a place to live

June 27, 2007
The line on the map goes north and south, almost right through the middle of the city. In the west half live most of the single mothers in Louisville — the map is dark with high concentrations. The east is lightly shaded, airy, a place where life seems to be a little bit easier. We know this intuitively, although laying it out this way is something to behold.
     Forty-five percent of single mothers live in just five Metro Council districts, according to the latest report from the nonprofit Metropolitan Housing Coalition. The focus of "The Dividing Line" is women and housing patterns, somewhat unusual subject matter for a housing study, said Cathy Hinko, MHC’s executive director. That is to say, it hasn’t been studied much, nationally or otherwise.
      "We knew there were a lot of female heads of household, but when we actually looked, we realized they’re one-third of all of us," Hinko said in an interview last week. "That was startling."
      Of the households headed by women in Louisville, 41 percent are single with no children. The rest are either elderly (30 percent) or single mothers (29 percent), both focuses of the study.