April 2022 Newsletter

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April 2022 Newsletter

Louisville Skyline, Muhammad Ali

The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods will be hosting community events on June 25th in the Parkhill, Russell, Newburg, Smoketown, Portland, and Shawnee neighborhoods. We are in need of volunteers to help make this day a success. Volunteer opportunities include set-up/break-down, collecting surveys, and more.  Please email jacob.hazel@louisvilleky.gov to get involved! All volunteers will receive a complimentary One Love Louisville shirt and OSHN swag bag.

Upcoming Events

Networking Night

The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) would like to invite you to be a part of the One Love Louisville Ambassador Program's Networking Night. This is an opportunity for citizens to come out and learn about as well as contribute to Louisville's Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan. It's also an opportunity to network with both OSHN partners and one another. Come learn, share, connect and #betheone to help create a safer Louisville.

Join us on Tuesday, May 31st at 6pm. This will be an in-person event held at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA, 930 West Chestnut Street. 

Contact jacob.hazel@louisvilleky.gov for questions.

May 31st Networking Night
Register Here

The Spot - Open House

The Spot - Young Adult Opportunity Campus is a collaborative partnership by and between Goodwill Industries of Kentucky and KentuckianaWorks, this region's designated Workforce Board. The Spot Centers, located at 800 W Chestnut Street and at the NIA Comprehensive Center provide youth and young adults ages 18-24 with holistic services encompassing workforce, education, and human services. Sign up below for the Open House on Tuesday, May 17 from 10AM-2PM.

The Spot Flyer
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Online Reading and Learning

With limited trainings and in-person gatherings, below are some interesting learning opportunities to continue to grow and develop our collective understanding of violence.

MUW Beyond Buzzwords

Join Metro United Way and Park Community Credit Union for their next virtual Beyond Buzzwords event featuring Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

Published in May 2017, The Color of Law breaks down an explosive, alarming history that confronts how American governments in the twentieth century deliberately imposed residential racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide. This is a virtual event on Tuesday, June 7 from 12pm-1:15pm.  Register here.

What Makes a Ghost Gun a Ghost Gun

Law enforcement agencies have been facing a growing problem for years: homemade, nearly impossible-to-trace firearms, otherwise known as ghost guns. Earlier this month, the White House announced an executive order targeting these guns.  There are many misconceptions about what qualifies as a ghost gun, and much confusion about the challenges they present.  To learn more, check out this 2019, yet still relevant, article from The Trace that breaks down common questions and misconceptions about ghost guns.  Click Here To Learn More

Ghost Gun

Kentucky Reentry Programs

Recently, the Opportunity Network, Kentucky Department of Corrections, and Goodwill released a Kentucky-specific resource guide for reentry services. The information included in this section are beneficial to those that are reentering the community post incarceration. The links below include contacts for basic needs including food, jobs, transportation, legal, and housing and utilities. Click here for Kentucky Reentry resources and click here for a Kentucky Reentry workbook.


New Insights into the Role of Positive Experience on Child and Family Development

This report presents evidence for HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) based on newly released, compelling data that reinforce the need to promote positive experiences for children and families in order to foster healthy childhood development despite the adversity common in so many families.

Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with HOPE contributes to a growing body of work—the Science of Thriving—that encourages us to better understand and support optimal child health and development. Click here to read the full report.


Community Board

Take a look at some of the latest news, resources, and events in the community.  Keep your community informed by sharing these with family, friends, and neighbors.

Budget Comment Form

Mayor Fischer gave his 12th and final budget address on Thursday, April 28 at 4pm.  This marks the official start of budget season in Metro, and like every year, your voice matters!  Starting today, the comment form is open.  Share how you would like resources allocated for the 2022-2023 fiscal year here.

If your looking to speak at a Metro Council Budget Committee session, you can also learn how to sign up here.

City Hall

Do You Live Or Work In Parkhill Or Algonquin?

If you live in the Algonquin or Parkhill neighborhood, your expertise is needed! Re:land is creating a 30-member Community of Opportunity made up of neighborhood youth, seniors, local businesses, civic organizations, educators, health care providers, housing partners and more to help  understand what is great about their community.  Re:land  is soliciting feedback on the Rhodia site and other neighborhood development  All members of the Parkhill/Algonquin Community of Opportunity Team will receive $50 per meeting  The group will meet between May and October of this year. Click Here For More Information.

Reland Group

SummerWorks Registration Now Open

Sign up today to get a quality summer job! SummerWorks will help young people create a resume, apply to summer jobs, and get the preparation they need to succeed (soft skills). To be eligible, you must be 16-21 years of age as of June 1, 2022, and a resident of Louisville. Learn more here.


Fred Stoner Day

Fred stoner day will be held on June 16, from 3pm-8pm in the Smoketown Neighborhood. Fred Stoner, most famously known for his efforts in training the great world champion Muhammad Ali will be honored on June 16th. In celebration of this historic day, a community event will be held at the Muhammad Ali boxing gloves monument on Hancock Street in Smoketown. During this event, vendors will be available along with informational services, resources, and a community block party.

Fred Stoner Day

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana is Seeking Mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana (BBBSKY) is recruiting Bigs to serve as mentors for children in all of Louisville’s neighborhoods!

You have a BIG opportunity in front of you— to not only impact a child’s life today— but to transform their potential for tomorrow.

IT TAKES TWO! 2 people- the mentor and the child, 1 year commitment, 2 outings per month, 2 total hours per month!

For more information on how to become a Big, click here to visit us at our website. 


Free GED Prep Classes - Jefferson Skills U

Free GED and English classes are available morning, afternoon, and evening with additional options for instructor-facilitated virtual classes and self-paced online options. 

You will have access to: leveled classes, facilitated labs, experienced instructors, college and career navigators, parenting classes, children enrichment classes and online resources!

If you or someone you know needs to earn the GED credential or improve English language skills, please contact us at (502) 485-3400 or complete the enrollment form found at www.ged4u.com.

Free GED

The YMCA Safe Place Y-NOW

Y-Now program is a mentoring program for children that have/had an incarcerated parent. Y-NOW is currently seeking mentors to support this amazing population. 

For more information click here. 

No experience is necessary, just heart and commitment. Training is provided. To learn more about volunteering with Y-NOW, call or email Brittany Leon at 635-4393.


News and Announcements

Mayor Fischer presents a $1.3 billion FY22-23 budget focused on “planting seeds for future progress”

The overall budget reflects an increase over the $1.1 billion total of the previous year, including $715 million in general fund dollars, an increase of $57 million. And because of significant funding from federal, state, foundations and other sources, the Mayor proposes a capital budget of $343 million, more than doubling the $167 million in FY22. Among the highlights:

  • $10 million for affordable housing, which brings the total investment during the Mayor’s term to $106 million – more than any other administration in the city’s history, as well as $3 million in down payment assistance to help increase homeownership among low to moderate households and $3.4 million to repair and maintain homeownership in low-income areas.
  • An additional $3 million matching grant for Evolve502, ensuring that every JCPS student in middle school and older can go to college tuition-free.
  • Funding for three LMPD recruit classes as part of a three-year plan to get to 1,200 officers by the end of FY25, including laterals and rehires. The budget also allocates $6 million for the first phase of a new LMPD training facility – land acquisition and design.
  • $412,000 to expand hours and programming at community centers, in addition to previously announced plans to spend $8.5 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars, over three years, for the Office for Youth Development to create a data-driven youth development system for 10- to 24-year-olds – because, the Mayor said, “public safety also means giving our kids safe places to be.”
  • Investments in the successful Clean Collaborative initiative, as well as five mowing cycles and $22 million to pave roads and repair sidewalks, in addition to $500,000 for scooter and bike lanes.
  • And to help provide stability in coming years when American Rescue Plan (ARP) and CARES funds are exhausted, the Mayor proposes $10 million for the city’s Rainy Day Fund and $15 million to cover potential budget shortfalls in future fiscal years.

Read the full press release hereSee the budget proposal here.


Local Grassroots Nonprofit HHN2L Visits Ivy League Harvard

Hip Hop into Learning is an educational nonprofit that understands how important hip hop is to our African American students and uses hip-hop based education (HHBE) to unlock the doors that stand between the learner’s perspective and disconnect between contemporary schooling. What started as a class project in Nyree Clayoton-Taylor's fifth grade class has grown into a curriculum centered on hip-hop based education.  HHN2L has also had success a the local and state level helping pass the CROWN ordinance.  As other hip-hop based educators have begun to take note across the country, HHN2L has been asked to speak and perform at a conference this summer.  HHN2L will be taking 11 students to Cambridge, MA on a 5-day trip to explore Harvard University and share their knowledge. 

If you would like to donate to the fundraising efforts please contact hhn2learning@gmail.com

Visit their website here.

Mayor Fischer announces official start of pilot project to deflect some 911 calls to a non-police response

Mayor Greg Fischer announced on March 21 that a pilot program to deflect a number of 911 calls to a non-police response has officially begun in Louisville Metro Police Department’s Fourth Division.

“We know that some situations where people are calling for police are really better served by a social service response,” said Mayor Fischer, whose FY22 budget included a nearly $5 million investment for this work as part of his “whole of government, whole of city” approach to public safety.

The Mayor announced plans for the pilot effort in October following the recommendations from the University of Louisville Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky (CIK). The city then reached out to experts and other cities on best practices before entering into a contract with Seven Counties Services. Metro Council approved the contract in January. Since then, Seven Counties has hired and trained staffers to operate the pilot, focused on problem-solving, de-escalation and referral to appropriate community services.

To read more on this story, Click here.

Stay Connected!

There is great work happening here in the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, and most importantly, in our community. It is our goal to keep you engaged and co-leading our important work. Our vision for Louisville is a city of safe neighborhoods where everyone is supported, free of violence, and prepared for lifelong success. We can only achieve this together, so stay connected with our monthly newsletters, social media, and visit our website for more information and additional calls to action.

Past OSHN Newsletters can be viewed here.

We would love your feedback. If you have questions or concerns regarding our newsletter, or have a related event that you would like to communicate with our networks, contact Joseph Newland.

Take care of each other.