Over its history, Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI), has leveraged over $830 million into affordable housing in the Louisville region and served thousands of families with services ranging from housing counseling to homeownership assistance and developing and managing affordable rental housing, including projects targeted to special needs populations through creative strategies. HPI accomplishes its work both directly—developing and managing many of its own projects—and through partnerships with other nonprofit and community-based organizations.
At Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), the state housing finance agency, we know that stable, safe, quality, affordable housing provides the best foundation for other successful life outcomes. Children do better in school and accomplish greater educational achievements. Housing stability produces health benefits and provides a foundation for career success. Homeownership also builds a sense of connection and civic engagement that strengthens neighborhoods and communities.
Since this post is about Fair Housing Month and the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, it seems obligatory to make a statement about how far we have come, but how much work remains to be done. On the other hand, if you have been driving on the road for a long time, and you still have a long way to go, it bears asking the question if you are on the right road.
While the mobile home wasn’t Lavon’s first choice, it was the closest place to rent near his son and daughter’s school. It also was walking distance to everyone’s job, which was a necessity once their only car died. After four requests for the same application and eight “re-checks” of his credit, Lavon began to think the color of his skin made a difference in where he could live.
KHC’s Executive Director, Edwin King, sits down with the newly named executive director for the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), Stockton Williams, for an in-depth conversation about Stockton’s vision to lead this national agency in the arena of affordable housing, when he takes the helm in April of 2018.