Dr. Susan Buchino, assistant professor, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, and research study lead from the University of Louisville’s Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky (CIK) and Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research (CCTSJR) completed a report on solving street homelessness in Louisville. Louisville Metro Government funded the study and released the results in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless.
In the past year, new property developments and attempts to enforce community safety have displaced homeless camps, leaving unsheltered individuals to collect on downtown streets and under overpasses. In response, Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer’s Homeless Encampment Task Force engaged researchers from CIK and CCTSJR to support their work.
“It’s critical to recognize that homelessness is a result of a system that perpetuates discrimination and creates poverty. This study reveals that we must strengthen the connectivity between services and providers, as well as across sectors, and employ an approach of accompaniment, whereby our community meets individuals where they are and walks with them on the journey to stability,” Dr. Buchino said.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 21