Mayor Greg Fischer was joined today by leaders from the Air Pollution Control District and the Office of Resilience and Community Services to present new electric-powered maintenance equipment and a storage shed to The Hope Village.
Hope Village, which opened in April, is an outdoor safe space where people experiencing homelessness can temporarily live outdoors in weather-sealed tents with access to food, showers, electricity and social services. In addition to shelter and facilities, they offer services including care management to create an individualized long-term plan, health care, housing navigation, job training, mental health and substance abuse treatment, pet food and veterinary care, and recovery support. Most importantly, The Hope Village offers a safe place where residents can feel welcome and safe.
“The Hope Village continues to innovate its programming to meet the needs of its residents, including taking opportunities to not only improve the community, but protect our environment,” the mayor said. “This is a real community effort and I am thrilled by the number of partners and support services that have stepped up to help those in our community experiencing homelessness.”
The equipment was made available through the Air Quality Trust Fund, which is paid out exclusively by the city’s Air Pollution Control Board. The fund is used to implement and finance projects that improve or research local air quality. The use of electrically powered equipment improves local air quality by reducing emissions of particulates and pollution that form ozone and greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
“This was a great opportunity to support the maintenance needs of The Hope Village in a way that aligns with Louisville’s goals for sustainability and clean air quality,” said Carl Hilton, chairman of the Air Pollution Control Board. “Opportunities to use less polluting equipment should be available to all residents and we are pleased to use our Air Quality Trust Fund to help make that happen.”
The board recently used the fund to help Louisville move ahead with 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 Jefferson Memorial Forest’s Tom Wallace Park.
Hope Village is operated by The Hope Bus, whose mission is to combat hopelessness in Louisville’s underserved neighborhoods and populations, bridging the gap between the streets and stable housing by creating transformative housing communities and empowering marginalized voices.
“Since the opening of The Hope Village earlier this year, we are grateful to see the outpouring of support from organizations and individuals committed to uplifting homeless residents of Louisville,” said Tameka Laird, director of the Office of Resilience and Community Services. “This gift of lawn equipment will not only engage The Hope Village residents in beautification efforts and maintenance projects, but will foster a greater sense of community. We know that a healthy environment is critical to building a resilient community.”
Those interested in contributing to or learning more about The Hope Village can visit https://www.facebook.com/thehopevillage/. To help meet the needs of residents, donation days are held every Thursday and a list of needed supplies is shared through The Hope Village’s social media.
Visit: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/air-pollution-control-district/air-… for more information about the Air Quality Trust Fund, including how to contribute and how to submit a project for consideration.