District 12 eNewsletter - October 15, 2020

District 12
Rick Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Liz McQuillen
Legislative Aide
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Louisville Girls Leadership 2020 Accepting Applications for Sophomore Girls


Louisville Girls Leadership (LGL) is working to recruit our next cohort of students!  For those unfamiliar, we are a nonprofit organization striving to help equip young people with tools that will help navigate their journey of self-development through education, advocacy, and action, enhancing their potential as leaders. The experience leaves them with critical life and leadership skills that will instill the necessary confidence to tap into their vast potential and, in turn, become a source of empowerment to make positive change in their schools and community. Established and led by students, it is modeled after Leadership Louisville with a series of sessions that give young people the opportunity to explore, discuss, and develop leadership skills. We are a program for all cis and trans girls, as well as non-binary folks who are comfortable in a space that centers the experience of girls.

Key aspects of the program:

  • LGL 20-21 will be entirely VIRTUAL. Students will need to have access to wireless internet (Wifi), and a laptop, tablet, or phone. However, if these tools are not accessible, staff will provide any necessary resources to participants. Lack of access will not hinder a student's acceptance.
  • At minimum, LGL sessions will take place bi-weekly on Sunday's via Zoom, in addition to hosting webinars and opportunities to bond with your fellow LGL peers.
  • Program Topics Include:
    • Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression
    • Women's Empowerment & Intersectional Feminism
    • Mental Health & Self-Care
    • College & Career Readiness
    • Environmental Justice
    • & More!

All 10th grade students interested must apply through our online application process. A cohort of 40 sophomores to the program will be accepted, with at least one sophomore represented from each public and private high school in the county. LGL strives for a recruitment plan that encourages an equitable selection process, allowing us to fill our roster with students who represent the diversity found throughout Louisville, who are able to take on the LGL time commitment, and who have an enthusiastic connection to our mission.

All applications and recommendations are due by Friday, October 23rd. To learn more about our organization and this year's application process, visit our website at http://louisvillegirlsleadership.org/ Please feel free to reach out to us with questions and please share this information with students and colleagues that may be interested in the program!

2020 Jack O' Lantern Spectacular DRIVE-THRU Now Open

Pumpkin Snake

Louisville's Best Halloween Event IS DRIVE-THRU FOR 2020!

October 1 - November 1, 2020

Iroquois Park 

For more information click here

October 24th Louisville Earth Walk Goes Citywide

Earth Walk Oct. 24th Poster

The annual Louisville Earth Walk is going city-wide this year out of respect for everyone’s safety during the CV-19 crisis.  While we will not gather in one place at one time on Saturday, October 24th, everyone is invited to participate - from all across our city.  Everyone is invited to join from wherever they are in support of a vision where every neighborhood has safe and clean water, air, and soil. 

This year there are two exciting registration options: The 5K Walk option invites participants to get in their walk anytime on October 24 on their own favorite paths and routes or wherever. The Free Form invites participants to celebrate however they like from wherever they are. You can register for either option or learn more at bit.ly/LEWReg2020

2020 Landlord Symposium - October 28

Landlord Symposium

Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) is proud to host the 2020 Landlord Symposium with rental housing owners, landlords and property managers in Louisville/Jefferson County.  This virtual symposium is part of the RCS Housing & Support division’s effort to better serve and connect with landlords as RCS recognizes landlords are crucial partners necessary for housing low income families with housing vouchers

To register for this free, virtual convening, click here

Landlords & property managers, please complete a brief survey here

Conference agenda
Feature topics at the 2020 Landlord Symposium include: 1) Partnership Pays - Landlord & Property Owner Programs; 2) No Vacancies - Inspection Readiness & Eviction Prevention; 3) Second Chance - Managing Prior Evictions; and 4) Home Sweet Home - Supporting the Homeless through Housing.

For a full conference agenda, click here.

DABA House Trunk or Treat - October 30th at Harbor House

Trunk or Treat

Pet of the Week - Lumen


October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Give a senior shelter pet like Lumen a permanent home. The approximately 8-year-old Pit Bull weighs about 50lbs. Lumen is a very friendly, sweet dog who enjoys being a couch potato, snuggling and staying right by your side. Adopt Lumen for free, thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. Spay, vaccinations and a microchip are included. You’ll also receive a free gift when you adopt Lumen. She can be tested with children, cats or other dogs by request, she does well with laidback, male dogs. Lumen will need to see a veterinarian regularly for arthritis. Send questions about Lumen to animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov. Meet Lumen at Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Road), open daily from 12-6pm, no appointment required.

LMAS Celebrates Purrtober with $25 Kitten Adoptions


LMAS is celebrating Purrtober. Kitten adoptions are just a $25 donation! Adopt a pair and your fur babies will always have a buddy for company, when you’re away from home. Every adoption includes spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations. Meet adoptable kittens at Animal House Adoption Center, located at 3516 Newburg Road, open daily from 12-6pm. For more info, call 502-473-PETS or visit the website here.

Olmsted Parks October Challenge

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Olmsted Parks October Challenge (Walk, Run, Bike, Hike) starts SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11  

Shake COVID-19 cabin fever by walking, running, biking, or hiking in the Olmsted Parks October Challenge, presented by BB&T/Truist and Olmsted Parks Conservancy.  

  • Complete one or more Strava challenges in the Olmsted Parks from October 11-25 and you could be entered to win up to $1,300 in special prizes.
  • Registration ($25) is required and comes with a free performance t-shirt. All money raised goes toward new signage to improve your park experience and help you better navigate our trail system.  

 Register today: olmstedparks.org/challenge 

2020 General Election: Polling Locations from Jefferson County Clerk

NOTICE: This list is unconfirmed and pending approval by the Governor, Secretary of State and State Board of Elections. Please check again before October 13th to confirm your selection. Click here for PDF version.

Early Voting & Election Day

Drop-off boxes will be available at all voting locations during voting hours

Kentucky Exposition Center
DATE: October 13th through November 2nd
ADDRESS: 937 Phillips Lane ~ Fairgrounds North Wing
TIME: Monday through Saturday ~ 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3rd ~ 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Free Parking)

KFC Yum! Center ~ Foyer
DATE: October 13th through November 2nd
ADDRESS: Main & 2nd Streets
TIME: Monday through Saturday ~ 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3rd ~ 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Free Parking)

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
DATE: October 13th through November 2nd
ADDRESS: 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd
TIME: Monday through Saturday ~ 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3rd ~ 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Free Parking)

Louisville Marriott East
DATE: October 13th through November 2nd
ADDRESS: 1903 Embassy Square Blvd. ~ Commonwealth Ballroom 
TIME: Monday through Saturday ~ 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3rd ~ 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Free Parking)

Election Day Only Voting Locations

Tuesday, November 3rd (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Ballard High School: 6000 Brownsboro Road 

Carter Duvalle Elementary School : 3600 Bohne Avenue

Crosby Middle School: 303 Gatehouse Lane  

Fairdale High School: 1001 Fairdale Road 

Fern Creek HighSchool: 9115 Fern Creek Road 

Iroquois High School: 4615 Taylor Boulevard

Jeffersontown High School: 9600 Old Six Mile Lane 

Meyzeek Middle School: 828 S. Jackson Street

Seneca High School: 3510 Goldsmith Lane

Shawnee High School: 4001 Herman Street 

Southern High School : 8620 Preston Highway

St. Matthews Community Center: 310 Ten Pin Lane

Thomas Jefferson Middle School: 1501 Rangeland Road  

Valley High School: 10200 Dixie Highway 

Waggener High School: 330 S. Hubbards Lane

Western High School: 2501 Rockford Lane

Visit the Jefferson County Clerk's Office for the most current information here.

Small Business Covid-19 Relief Program

Small Business

Covid-19 Relief Fund: Eviction Prevention

Eviction Prevention

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 Testing

Mobile Testing

Who should get tested for COVID-19? 

  • Anyone who has symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Contact your healthcare provider about scheduling a test.
  • Testing for people who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) including:
    • Persons without symptoms who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Consider getting tested during your 14 day quarantine if you do not develop symptoms. 
    • Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders without symptoms.
    • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, without symptoms
    • People without symptoms who have been in large gatherings where social distancing was difficult and you do not know if you were in close contact with a positive case.
  • ​For all testing please follow instructions to call ahead or pre-register for the testing site.

To see a complete list of testing sites throughout Jefferson County, follow this link.

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