Our mission

Empower.

 


Citizens of Louisville Organizing and United Together (CLOUT) is an organization of religious congregations working together to solve critical community problems. We are not a service provider, but a grassroots, direct action, multi-issue organization, which has come together to be a powerful force for improving the quality of life in our communities.

Our mission is to build the power of religious congregations to solve community problems by holding systems accountable. Presently, 20 congregations and groups with over 12,000 members are members of CLOUT. We come from all parts of Louisville Metro and represent a diverse mix of races and ethnicities, as well as different religious traditions.

 
 
 
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Our Vision

CLOUT’s vision is a city of justice where its systems assure that all people are treated fairly.

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OUR PURPOSE

 


Because of our justice ministry… that is, because we showed up, invited others, made phone calls, and invested our own money this was accomplished over the past year:

 

3,000+

people with mental illness or addiction have been able to avoid jail and the emergency room

The $1 million that we were successful in getting the Louisville Metro Council to allocate for “The Living Room” enabled the program to open to the public and accept walk-ins and drop-offs by loved ones.

1,100+

families were able to have safe, decent, affordable homes

The $10 million that we were successful in getting the Louisville Metro Council to allocate for the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LAHTF), over the course of 2017-18, supported 22 different projects which are resulting in the creation or preservation of 1,115 units to projects in 8 Metro Council Districts.

5,000+

children in 33 of our public schools are safer and more successful in school

Our campaign to address the “school-to-prison pipeline” by getting JCPS to implement wholeschool Restorative Practices (RP) continues to be a big success. In the 2019-20 school year, RP will be added to 10 more schools with plans to expand implementation district-wide.

 
“We have a lot of residents in our community, but not enough citizens. Your work is direct evidence of what real citizenship can do. I applaud your work.”

 Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson

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