District 26 eNews | July 16

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Brent T. Ackerson

26th District Councilman
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Dear Neighbor,

Despite a brief hiatus after Metro Council passed the next year's budget, there has been a lot going on at City Hall in recent days. Our committee, on Government Oversight and Audit, which I chair is pursuing two investigations right now: one into allegations of sexual harassment at TARC and the other seeking the truth about the Administration's role in the protests and decisions surrounding the deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee. 

It should give nobody pleasure that we are considering exercising the range of our legislative oversight authority, but we owe it to you, to your family, to the families of these victims, and to every Louisville citizen to shed light in these places in our City that have been shrouded in mystery following injustice.

You will probably hear a lot of posturing, attempts to score political points, or the "I was there first" game if you listen to upcoming Metro Council meetings. Although unfortunate, sometimes that's a cost of a true open and public process. 

What has been clear from the start is that the public has a right to know what happened in these situations and to have that knowledge borne out in an open and transparent process. 

Our primary goal is quite simple: get to the facts as quickly as possible. Beyond that, objectivity, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness are the goals for these two investigations. I truly hope we do that in the coming weeks. 

Friends, the one thing we can probably all agree on, even from our different perspectives on these events, is that our government has let us down. While we regrettably will never be able to go back in time and correct mistakes that were made, the role of your Metro Council is to find out why those failures occurred, and explore what we can do to prevent them in the future. 

Please follow along and let me know your thoughts as we move through this difficult time, together.


Brent T. Ackerson
26th District Councilman

In This Issue:

July 21 | Public Meeting

Property Location: 3521 Goldsmith Ln
Meeting Date: July 21st @ 6:30 pm
Website to Join Meeting: https://LouisvilleKY.gov/government/upcoming-public-meetings

The meeting site may NOT be live until shortly before the meeting is supposed to start. If you have questions, please call (502) 574-6230


July 29 | Public Meeting

Property Location: 405 South Sherrin Ave
Reason: Short term rental application
Meeting Date: July 29th @ 6:00 pm
Website to Join Meeting: https://LouisvilleKY.gov/government/upcoming-public-meetings

The meeting site may NOT be live until shortly before the meeting is supposed to start. If you have questions, please call (502) 574-6230

Email DavidVDufour@gmail.com with questions or information on how to join the meeting


Now - Aug 7 | ECHO Adventure


COVID-19 Relief Fund | Eviction Protection


Eviction Prevention COVID-19 Relief Fund aims to aid low-to-moderate income households that are delinquent on rent payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will pay for up to three months of rent for households facing COVID-related delinquencies.

Individual households may begin applying for rental assistance through the Office of Resilience and Community Services immediately. To be eligible, households must earn at or below 60 percent of the area median income ($45,840 annually for a family of four) and have had their income impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Households can begin the application process here: https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/one-louisville-fund-online-application.

Beginning July 1, Landlords may apply for assistance on behalf of their tenants to the Office of Housing. To be eligible, the landlord must:

  • Be currently registered on the Rental Registry.
  • Have no outstanding code violations for the property for which rent is being paid.
  • Waive all late fees, fines, and penalties.
  • Forgo evictions for assisted tenants for 60 days after assistance is provided.
  • Provide pre-COVID-19 rent rolls to document delinquency rates before and after the pandemic.

Funding will be prioritized for affordable housing units (households at or below 60% of area median income) or properties with more than 50% of their units in the Housing Choice Vouchers Program.

Landlords will be required to submit the following documentation:

  • Information about the property, including its tax ID number, ownership and delinquency rates
  • W-9
  • An eviction prevention application worksheet
  • Certification of non-payment of rent signed by each tenant for whom assistance is requested
  • Copy of each tenant’s ledger for whom you are claiming to be reimbursed for delinquencies
  • Copy of Recorded LURA or Recorded Deed Restriction
  • Accounts Receivable Report for period January 1, 2020 to current
  • Copy of Final 8609 (if a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit project)
  • Executed and Notarized Landlord Tenant Rental Assistance Certification

To find out more information and apply, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/develop-louisville/eviction-prevention.

Louisville Metro COVID-19 Small Business Grants

The application will open for Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, and more details will be provided on that date. Applicants must have a business located within Louisville/Jefferson County. At least 50 percent of the funds will be spent in low-to-moderate income census tracts.

Purpose of the Fund

The Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants program is designed to help prevent business closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to preserve the hundreds of fun and funky businesses that make Louisville unique.

Grant Program Funding

Louisville Metro Government’s FY21 operating budget includes up to $21 million in federal CARES funding for Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants.

Amount of Grants

The program will provide eligible businesses with grants up to $50,000 based on demonstrated impact from COVID-19.

Eligible Business Criteria

Businesses meeting the following criteria will be eligible for a grant:

  • Businesses with 20 full-time employees or fewer as of March 16, 2020
  • Non-retail businesses with 50 full-time employees or fewer that have remained closed or whose business activity have been severely restricted under state executive order dated March 25, 2020 
  • Businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Businesses must be located in Louisville/Jefferson County
  • Businesses must be in good standing with Louisville Metro Revenue Commission

Industries of focus include retail (including direct services), food service, arts & entertainment, recreation, and childcare.

Grant Use

The funds may only be used for the following business expenses:

  • Payroll
  • Utilities
  • Lease/mortgage assistance
  • Fixed cost support – to include debt service (interest only), business insurance, other fixed costs
  • Technology for online platform to allow online sales



Online Survey | Search for a new LMPD Chief

Mayor Fischer has asked all members of the community to share their thoughts on what we need in a new Louisville Metro Police Chief. This survey is available online below or you can call (502) 528-3543 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday if you don't have computer access or need assistance filling out the survey. Call-takers will assist those who call the number and input their answers to questions on a community survey which became available earlier this month online. 

The survey asks for input in several areas, including:

  • The three most important qualities or skills residents would like to see in the next police chief;
  • What suggestions residents have for improving police services; and
  • What residents would like to see a new chief accomplish immediately and over the next two to three years.

The survey will be available by phone and online through July. As of now, more than 8,000 residents have already completed the survey's online version. 


COVID-19 | When to Seek Care


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