Mayor Greg Fischer was joined today by leaders from the Air Pollution Control District and the Office of Resilience and Community Services to showcase new electrical maintenance equipment and a storage shed at Hope Village .
The Hope Village, which opened in April, is a safe outdoor space where homeless people can temporarily live outdoors in waterproof tents, with access to food, showers, electricity and services social. In addition to shelter and amenities, services are available to them, including care management to create an individualized long-term plan, health care, housing navigation, job training, treatment for mental health and addictions, pet food and veterinary care, and recovery assistance. Most importantly, The Hope Village provides a secure site to make residents feel welcome and safe.
“Hope Village continues to innovate in its programming to meet the needs of its residents, including seizing opportunities to not only improve the community, but also to protect our environment,” said the mayor. “This is a true community effort, and I’m excited by the number of partners and support services that have stepped up to help members of our community experiencing homelessness.
The equipment was made available through the Clean Air Trust Fund, which is disbursed exclusively by the city’s Air Pollution Control Board. The fund is used to conduct and finance projects that improve or research local air quality. The use of electrical equipment improves local air quality by reducing particulate emissions and pollution that forms ozone and greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
“This was a great opportunity to meet the maintenance needs of The Hope Village in a way that aligns with Louisville’s sustainability and clean air quality goals,” said Carl Hilton, president of the ‘Air Pollution Control Board. “Opportunities to use cleaner amenities should be available to all residents, and we’re happy to use our Clean Air Trust Fund to help make that happen.”
The Council recently used the fund to help Louisville pave the way for green energy projects that improve Louisville’s air quality and reduce the city’s carbon footprint. Last October, the fund was used to help install an electric vehicle charging station at Tom Wallace Park in Jefferson Memorial Forest.
The Hope Village is operated by The Hope Buss, whose mission is to fight despair in Louisville’s underserved neighborhoods and populations, bridging the gap between streets and stable housing by creating transformational housing communities and strengthening marginalized voices.
“Since opening The Hope Village earlier this year, we are grateful to see the outpouring of support from organizations and individuals who are committed to helping homeless residents in Louisville,” said Tameka Laird, director of the Office of Resilience and Community Services. . “This donation of lawn equipment will not only inspire residents of The Hope Village to participate in beautification efforts and maintenance projects, but will also foster a greater sense of community. We know that a healthy environment is imperative to building a resilient community.
Those interested in contributing or learning more about The Hope Village can visit https://www.facebook.com/thehopevillage/. To help meet the needs of residents, giving days are held every Thursday and a list of needed supplies is shared via The Hope Village social media.
For more information about the Clean Air Trust Fund, including how to contribute and how to submit a project for consideration, visit: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/air-pollution-control- district/air-…