July 13, 2022

New Affordable Housing and Homelessness Tools for Cities

The Kentucky League of Cities is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of important new tools for cities and communities interested in taking a realistic look at affordable housing and its link to homelessness.

KLC will release A Step-by-Step Guide to Examine Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Your City, a how-to digital publication, in conjunction with a July 26 no-cost webinar. The document is a compilation of information and resources, including local contacts for homelessness services. It also includes considerations for communities that want to attract housing development. Affordable housing and housing insecurity are inextricably linked. The easy-to-use KLC guide helps city officials assess their community’s housing gaps, the difference between affordable and market rent, and what it all means for people in your city. The guide also includes step-by-step suggestions on taking action prepared with input from Kentucky social services and homelessness and housing experts. 

Local Data – Partnership with Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government

The Step-by-Step Guide includes information on the housing situation in every Kentucky county ‒ figures on unhoused individuals including children and veterans, rent availability and affordability, average renter’s wages, and other local metrics. Multiple organizations in your city can use this valuable data prepared by a Master of Public Administration student in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Government.

Webinar - Housing & Homelessness in YOUR City: Real Data and Daily Interactions 

July 26, 10:00 a.m. EDT

KLC and the author of the EKU study will discuss the findings and the new KLC guide in a no-cost webinar on July 26. Experts will also review causes and responses to unhoused or housing insecure persons.

Professionals from the Homelessness and Housing Coalition of Kentucky will help explain why the data matters to leaders. They will also review how to interact with the diverse population of unhoused persons in your community, including where to direct them for housing, mental health, addiction and recovery services, and more.

Register for the event here.

Learn more about the KLC Homelessness and Affordable Housing Initiative.