District 7 E-Newsletter

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1107


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Email Councilwoman McCraney


For assistance, or to schedule a meeting with Councilwoman McCraney, call:


Logan Fogle

Legislative Assistant

(502) 574-3454

Visit the District 7 Website

Phone Numbers
of Interest

 Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 574-7275

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Property Valuation Administration: 502-574-6380

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447

In this Issue




Join other District 7 residents as we tour some of our most prized Library System gems.


Our Libraries are FABULOUS. They are a MUST See!



If you prefer to register through the District 7 office, call 574-1107.


Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings






For basic details of this case, please visit:


Click on the “Planning” tab.  Then enter either the case number in the “record number” box or the address.

You can also click on the notice above to go to the application page.

For specific case information, please call or email the listed case manager, Zachary Schwager, at Zachary.Schwager@louisvilleky.gov. 

If you have any questions, please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.  


How Would You Spend $340 Million?


In collaboration with Metro Council, community partners and Louisville residents, Mayor Greg Fischer’s Administration is working to prioritize spending of the $340 million that is remaining from the $388 million the city received through the federal American Rescue Plan.

The Metro Council Budget Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 13th at 3:00 pm to hear testimony about eligible uses of the funds and to begin discussing priority areas. No decisions about funding will be made at the meeting. You may tune in to view the meeting through the Metro Council Clerk website (Click here and click on the “Watch Meetings Online” button). 

In the next two weeks, the Metro Council Budget Committee will have three hearings across the community to take public comments about the use of ARP funds. You may sign up to speak before the start of each meeting for a maximum of five minutes.  The meeting schedule is: 

Saturday, July 17                               11am - 1pm 

ShelbyHurst Campus, Founders Union Building - Meeting Room 201

9001 Shelbyville Road

Monday, July 19                                6:30 - 8:30pm 

Southwest Regional Library

9725 Dixie Highway

Monday, July 26                                6:00 - 8:00pm 

West Broadway Church of Christ

3921 West Broadway

What can — and can’t — the American Rescue Plan funding be used for?

On May 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments.  See the U.S. Department of Treasury's facts sheets, references and other information.


The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and storm water infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet

Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.

To read more about how these funds can be spent, click here; ARP Fact Sheet.

I have ideas. How can I share them?

You may attend one of the three meetings listed above, hosted by the Metro Council, or you may click below and scroll down to bottom of page to access the comment form:

American Rescue Plan | LouisvilleKY.gov

Your Input on Federal Stimulus Dollars is Requested


JCPS is seeking input from the community on how to invest one-time stimulus funds within the district. The funding, which comes from the federal stimulus passed in Congress due to COVID-19, is to assist districts with additional costs incurred due to the pandemic and to ensure the safe reopening of schools in the fall. 

Click here to take the survey

Neighborhood Watch


The Louisville Metro Neighborhood Watch Program is an active partnership between the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and area residents to increase community awareness and crime prevention. The Neighborhood Watch Program is a vital network that provides each resident with the knowledge and resources to fight crime through:

Home Security 

Property Identification 

Public Safety Techniques 

Neighborhood Awareness 

Getting to Know Your Neighbors 

Partnerships with Police

Starting a Neighborhood Watch

If you are concerned about crime or want to start a Neighborhood Watch where you live, please follow the instructions provided so you will know which LMPD division covers the area you live in. 

To find your division, click here

Once you determine your division and beat, please email or call the corresponding LMPD Division Resource Officer (DRO) or Neighborhood Watch to discuss starting a Neighborhood Watch. 


Talk to your neighbors to determine if they are interested in participating. 

Think about where you would like to meet (a neighbor’s home, a public location or the LMPD Division). Evening meetings usually begin at 6 pm, 6:30 pm or 7 pm, when people are usually available after work. Meetings will last no more than 1 1/2 hours. At the meeting, get everyone's name, address, phone number and email address. 

Your DRO will set up a date and time with you for your first meeting. 

You will need to contact your neighbors about the meeting by calling them, distributing flyers or posting signs in visible areas in the subdivision, if applicable. 

The DRO will address your group at the first meeting about crime statistics in your area, answer questions and talk about crime prevention. After the DRO speaks, your group needs to make some decisions because the Neighborhood Watch belongs to you and your neighbors.  

It takes two (2) meetings to get your Neighborhood Watch established because everything cannot be addressed at the first meeting. At the end of the first and/or beginning of the second meeting, your group will choose a captain, a co-captain, topics to discuss, problems neighbors want to see resolved, decide when you will meet again and complete the registration form to determine where you want your Neighborhood Watch signs to make your Neighborhood Watch official. 

 After you have read the attached materials, email/call your DRO to arrange his/her availability (date/time) to attend your Neighborhood Watch meeting.

To request more information and / or start a Neighborhood Watch today, you may contact Community Relations Programs at (502) 574-2134 or email LMPD Neighborhood Watch.

Start a Neighborhood Watch Today!

Volunteer Opportunity


Are you recently retired or looking for something to do post COVID 19? Then the AmeriCorps Seniors Louisville Metro Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) program may be the perfect fit for you!

For over 40 years, the Louisville Metro RSVP Program has been pairing hundreds of seniors 55 and older with close to 50 local not-for-profit organizations, affiliated hospitals, and Metro Government departments or agencies. Together these partnering groups with dedicated and compassionate volunteers help make a difference in our community.  Volunteers with RSVP not only make an impact on the lives of other individuals and organizations, but in return they increase social engagement and overall well-being for those involved.  Special friendships and various benefits can come from joining RSVP.  It is a total win-win situation for everyone.  

If you would like more information on our program, please call us at 502-574-1530 or email either Bill Clark  or Chris Clements. You can also visit the official website page of RSVP to learn more.  

For more information, click here

Volunteer Opportunity


Thousands of home renters are at risk of eviction. Volunteers are needed to help renters facing eviction complete paperwork and walk through the assistance process. The Louisville Urban League and our partners are providing space for those with an upcoming eviction court date to get access to the assistance they need to be able to stay in their home. We need the help of volunteers to do that work.

7/10 Eviction Prevention Support Volunteers

When: Sat, July 10, 2021 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Open Volunteer Spots: 24

Applications Now Open for Down Payment Assistance and Home Repair Programs

Louisville Metro’s Office of Housing is now accepting applications for its Down Payment Assistance and Home Repair programs, all aim to help low- to moderate-income individuals access and retain homeownership and build generational wealth.

In the approved budget, Mayor Greg Fischer allocated $3 million for the Down Payment Assistance Program, up from $1 million in fiscal year 2021, and roughly $7.7 million for the four Home Repair programs – Regular Home Repair, At-Risk, Russell Rental Rehab and Exterior Code Alleviation.

Households must be at or below 80% area median income (AMI) to be eligible for the Down Payment Assistance and Home Repair programs. That is $61,500 or less a year for a family of four.

Applications for both may be submitted at https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/louisvilleky/participant, and paper copies are available at the Metro Development Center, 444 S. 5th St. Those with questions about the application process and the programs can call the Office of Housing at (502) 574-5850.


Home Repair Programs

The Home Repair programs are committed to providing repairs to help stabilize the home for low-to moderate-income individuals who own and are currently living in single-family homes.

The Regular Home Repair, At-Risk and Russell Rental Rehab programs focus maintaining and increasing the supply of affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing by making investments that positively impact the health and safety of the occupants, including repairing or replacing HVAC, furnace, electrical, plumbing, roof and gutters.

The Exterior Code Alleviation Program eliminates exterior code violations and makes minor essential exterior repairs to improve the sustainability of the home while ensuring their home is warm, safe and dry. Funds through this program may pay for repair or replacement of exterior painting, siding, foundation, windows, roof and more.

The average amount of Home Repair assistance paid out through the four programs is $24,000 per applicant.

The Exterior Code Alleviation Program and Regular Home Repair Program are available to qualified residents throughout Louisville. The Russell Rental Rehab Program is only available to property owners in the Russell neighborhood, and the At-Risk Program is for residents in west Louisville, Shelby Park and Smoketown.

Learn more about the Home Repair programs at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/housing/home-repair-programs.


Down Payment Assistance

The Down Payment Assistance Program provides a partially forgivable loan with 0% interest to low- to moderate-income homebuyers for down payment and closing costs associated with purchasing a home in Louisville.

Approved applicants can receive up to 20% of the purchase price of the home, and the amount is determined based on individual need. The average amount of Down Payment Assistance paid out is $21,706 per applicant.

As part of a term of the assistance, the purchased home must be the homebuyers’ primary residence for a period of 5 to 15 years, depending upon the amount of assistance received. By the end of that specified period, 50% of the loan is forgiven.

The Down Payment Assistance Program is not limited to first-time homebuyers only. Eligible applicants must:

  • Be pre-approved for a mortgage from a local financial institution;
  • Have no unpaid collections, past due balances or un-discharged bankruptcies, except medical collections of up to $10,000;
  • Have at least $1,500 in savings;
  • And meet set home price limits.

Learn more about the Down Payment Assistance Program at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/housing/down-payment-assistance-program.

Backyard Action Hero Guidebook


The Louisville Zoo’s annual Toyota Backyard Action Hero Guidebook is now available online for students, educators and families looking for ways to learn about animals and conservation.

This year’s guidebook is different as it is available in different versions, offering a simpler mobile version and a special interactive desktop version that includes an interactive glossary, matching games, and other fun virtual elements and activities.

The Toyota Backyard Acton Hero Guidebook is available at: LouisvilleZoo.org/bah.

Recycling Guide


For more information about recycling in Louisville, click here.


Free Pet Adoption


July 9-11 12-7 PM Friday & Saturday, 12-6PM on Sunday

LMAS will participate in BISSELL Pet Foundation's July 9-11 event by offering free adoptions for all dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens at Animal House Adoption Center, located at 3516 Newburg Road. Animal House will be open on Friday from 12-7pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12-6pm. Every adoption includes spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccinations. Jefferson County adopters will receive a free, one-year pet license, thanks to a generous donation from the non-profit, Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS).

Meet & greets are mandatory for families with children; dog and cat testing are available by request. Adopters are asked to bring or purchase a collar and leash for dogs, and a crate for cats.

For more information about LMAS pet adoptions and to view adoptable pets, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/animal-services.

For more information on “Empty the Shelters,” visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters.


 Subscribe to Louisville Metro's Covid-19 e-newsletter for the latest news!


Saturday, July 10 from 10 AM-2 PM

Americana Community Center is hosting a vaccination event in partnership with the Office for Globalization, Family Health Centers, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and the Kentucky Nurses Association.

Interpreters will be available in multiple languages. 

Click here to register.

Individuals ages 12 and older can receive a COVID vaccine.

*Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Pop Up Vaccine Clinics

No appointment required. Walk ins welcome.

  • July 10, 11 am – 5 pm, Chickasaw Park, drive thru or walk up. Live radio broadcast, free food, vendors. (Pfizer and Janssen)

  • July 10, 10 am – 2 pm, Americana World Community Center, 4801 Southside Drive. (Moderna)  
  • July 13, 9am-12pm, Lynnhurst United Church of Christ, 4401 Taylor Blvd, Louisville KY, 40215 (Janssen)
    • Coordinated by Lynnhurst United Church of Christ, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, and NuLease Medical Solutions
  • July 16, 3 pm – 6 pm, Smoketown Family Wellness Center, 760 South Hancock St. (Pfizer)
  • July 17, 10am – 2:30pm, Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 443 E Kentucky Street (Moderna)
  • July 17, 10 am – 11:30am, Bethany United Church of Christ, 10400 Old Preston Hwy (Janssen)
  • August 10, 10am – 11:30am, St. George’s Community Center, 1205 South 26th St. (Janssen)

Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near you

Please note that a drivers license, social security card nor passport are required to receive a vaccination. We will need your name and birthdate only. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card but it is not required in order to be vaccinated.

CLICK HERE to view a comprehensive list of locations that carry COVID-19 vaccines.

ALI Documentary Screening - FREE


Tuesday, July 20 at 8:30 p.m.

The Iroquois amphitheater will show the new film "City of Ali" on July 20. This 80-minute documentary captures some of the stories and events that occurred in Muhammad’s hometown of Louisville during the week between his passing and his memorial.

Click here to learn more. 

Fridays at the Front


Every Friday this month - 5:30-8:30PM

Celebrate the end of the workweek with Waterfront Park’s Fridays At The Front – a pop-up food truck experience featuring great food and drink options taking place under the Big Four Bridge. Welcome in beautiful spring Fridays at the park. With food and plenty of green space to enjoy, this event is perfect for all ages to kick off the weekend at Waterfront Park!

Click here to learn more

Bats Home Stand


The Louisville Bats are playing at home this weekend against the Memphis Redbirds. Enjoy the sunshine at Slugger Field!

To see game times and purchase tickets click here.


Brain Teasers

  1. What word begins and ends with an E but only contains one letter?
  2. I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
  3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
  4. When you have me, you immediately feel like sharing me. But, if you do share me, you do not have me.
  5. What gets wetter the more it dries?
  6. How can you throw a ball as hard as you can, only to have it come back to you, even if it doesn’t bounce off anything?
  7. A red house is made from red bricks. A blue house is made from blue bricks. A yellow house is made from yellow bricks. What is a green house made from? 
  8. What is harder to catch the faster you run?
  9. Take one out and scratch my head, I am now black but once was red. What am I?
  10. How can a man who shaves several times a day still sport a long beard?

Answers at the bottom of the newsletter!

LMPD Crime Reports- District 7


Interactive Crime Map Available

Metro Louisville now has an interactive map that will allow you to see what is happening in your neighborhood as well as others across the city. The map updates daily and if you choose you can receive alerts for your area by subscribing using the red receive alerts button on the page.  Click here to try it out: Interactive Map to Track Crime.



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Answers to brain teasers:

1. Envelope 2. A candle 3. Mt. Everest! It just hadn't been discovered yet. 4. A secret 5. A towel 6. Throw it straight up in the air! 7. Glass 8. Your breath 9. A match 10. He is a barber