In October 2016, a Louisville television station aired the story of a veteran who was living in a small shed on his property. The veteran, whose home was destroyed by flood, had been taken advantage of by a construction company that promised to raise his home above flood level and rebuild it. After the company had removed all the brick from the outside and gutted the inside, they took his money and left him with an uninhabitable house. This story captured the attention of many organizations that wanted to help. Representatives from the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council (GLCLC), Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI), and other local organizations began to meet on a regular basis to brainstorm how resources could be merged to help not only this veteran, but also, almost 200 other homeless veterans in the area.
We have selected five of the most read blog posts or listened-to podcasts on Strategic Housing.
In this podcast, Kentucky Housing Corporation's (KHC) Executive Director, Edwin King, sits down with Ryan Quarles—who has served as the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 2015. Under Commissioner Quarles leadership, several new, innovative programs have been developed or expanded, including initiatives to combat hunger and connect Kentucky farmers to new markets, and expanding the Homegrown By Heroes program, which was launched by Kentucky Department of Agriculture in 2013, to support Kentucky Proud for home-grown products and veteran farmers.
“Earl” (named changed to protect his privacy) visited the soup kitchen on the day I volunteered to prep and serve food. Trays are counted to track the number of hungry folks who came through for a fresh, hot meal. Some come through the line for another serving or two, because they may not have another meal until the next day or longer, if they are just passing through town. Earl has been coming in routinely for a few months. He is friendly, full of conversation, and shares his smile and gratitude with everyone he meets. Earl reminded me that joy is found within, and that joy can be contagious when freely shared with others…no matter the current status of doing with or doing without. Joy can be shared within a few moments of going through a line.
In this podcast, Kentucky Housing Corporation's (KHC) Executive Director, Edwin King, sits down with Rob Perez, creator of DV8 (Deviate) Kitchen—a restaurant with a heart and mission that gives second chance employment to those in substance abuse recovery trying to redirect their lives, so they will “deviate” from addiction. This model of opportunity and accountability breaks barriers of poverty and empowers employees to learn the trade of baking to live self-sufficiently. This Lexington, Kentucky model is receiving national attention because of its life changing food.