Local group urges Metro Council for funding

A local group is demanding answers from the Louisville Metro Council as funding to certain organizations could be at risk.

The group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, invited members of the Metro Council to its assembly Tuesday at Memorial Auditorium.

At the event, CLOUT members urged the council to keep funding Louisville's Affordable Housing Trust Fund and The Living Room.

"We're calling on our officials to take bold actions and addressing these problems even during these very difficult financial times," said the Rev. Bill Burks, of St. John Paul II Catholic Church.

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Louisville adults want to stay in their homes as they age. CLOUT could help

In CLOUT’s (Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together) listening process last fall, involving more than 400 citizens gathering in small house meetings all across the Louisville Metro area, we heard many stories about “senior concerns.”

Representing a diversity of races, income levels, ages and parts of town, those sharing their stories surfaced many common themes. The concerns most voiced had to do with themselves or their loved ones losing their independence and having to leave the places in which they feel most comfortable and happy.

While there are, of course, many older adults who want and need the services of assisted living, nursing care, memory care, etc., the vast majority of older adults would prefer to remain in their own homes as long as possible.

One story we heard…

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Over the past four months, a research committee made up of leaders from houses of worship all across the city that are members of CLOUT (Citizens of Louisville Organized & United Together) conducted a research process to learn more about the barriers to aging in place and to explore possible solutions. We interviewed 17 professionals in fields related to the issues of older adults, including service providers, caregivers, public officials, policymakers and others. Here are some of the facts we learned…

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