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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: The Coalition for the Homeless is the lead advocate for the homeless in Louisville. Since we were founded in 1986 by community leaders, we’ve been working to prevent and end homelessness. Our job is to strategically evaluate the needs of the homeless and of our 29 member agencies, and to implement smart, long-term solutions.

Results: Thanks to many partners, we’ve changed the lives of thousands of Louisvillians. Our first collaborative Rx: Housing initiative cut the number of chronically homeless people on the streets by 50% between 2011 and 2014. Our new Bed One-Stop program allows homeless Louisvillians to reserve available emergency shelter beds across the city. It also created a centralized waiting list for homeless families. For this work, we received the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s 2014 Pyramid Award for the Art of Innovation. In 2015, we and our partners launched Rx: Housing Veterans, which successfully found housing and resources for over 800 formerly homeless veterans in Louisville, bringing us to “functional zero” for veteran homelessness. In 2016, we will maintain an end for veteran homelessness while also pushing to end chronic homelessness.

Target demographics: homeless youth, families, veterans, and everyone who needs a safe place to call home

Geographic areas served: Louisville, Kentucky

Programs: Rx: Housing, which has reduced chronic homelessness by 50% and has reached "functional zero" for homeless veterans

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The Coalition for the Homeless has been working with local shelters and other agencies in the Louisville area since 1986, when the community saw a need to better address the issues of homelessness. As an advocacy/education agency, The Coalition is able to build collaborations between key partners to establish programming that has a wide impact across Kentucky. While the shelters and other service providers must address daily crises, The Coalition is able to bring together groups of people to plan long-term initiatives such as our 10-year Blueprint to alleviate and end chronic homelessness and our Cost of Homelessness Study. We also directly assist people who are looking for information about a place to stay, or how to get housing, food, clothing, etc. We receive hundreds of calls from people needing help and numerous walk-ins from people living on the streets looking for blankets, clothing or some other type of assistance. The Coalition serves as a voice for disenfranchised individuals and for those who have been impacted by the recent economic downturn which has led to high rates of unemployment and foreclosure. This rising population needs to be heard at every level of government and in the business community.