affordable housing

Katie Myers

Jimmy McRoberts knew the North Fork Mobile Home Park was teeming with animals. Some residents, like local grandmother Penny Gozzard, had two or three beloved cats they kept a close eye on; others let their pets roam around and mingle with the neighborhood kids who played around their families’ trailers. So when McRoberts’ entire trailer park was served an eviction notice on March 7, he realized a lot of pets were about to be left behind.

It was a gentle, breezy May evening in the small eastern Kentucky college town of Morehead, Kentucky, when McRoberts told his story outside one of the last trailers in North Fork. By this time, the park was mostly vacated, the high grasses covering left-behind odds and ends, toys and jackets and cigarette packs. Roughly 80 of McRoberts’ neighbors, served with the same eviction notice and a move-out date of April 30, were gone.

 

  

J. Tyler Franklin

Louisville has a high level of inequality between blacks and whites when it comes to homeownership and wealth. According to the 2019 State of Metropolitan Housing report released Wednesday, that’s a result of historical racist policies influencing today’s trends.

The report’s authors found that lower median incomes and home values were common in majority-black neighborhoods. Between 2000 and 2017, such neighborhoods, including the ones of west Louisville, had some of the greatest declines in median home values in the city.

Michelle Hanks

Rent is not the only factor in making affordable housing truly affordable. There are all sorts of related costs, from monthly bus passes to decent groceries to reliable childcare.

Access Ventures, a Louisville-based nonprofit investment firm, is putting $3 million into finding novel solutions for additional expenses that contribute to housing instability. On Monday, the organization announced the Reconstruct Challenge, a national competition that will award six individuals or groups $300,000 grants to come to the Louisville area and test their idea.