Louisville Magazine

JAN 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 1.19 55 'friends,'" Klein says, using air quotes. "Like: You helped my friend get into housing. Can you help me?" Usually Klein and Nolden begin their day with a list of clients to reach out to. But, Klein says, "e day goes where it takes us." Like the Tuesday after anksgiving, when a 22-year-old mother of a two-year-old and one-year-old arrived at the Coalition seeking help. She'd been living out of her car for more than a year and her two-year-old was in the hospital with pneumonia-like symptoms. Klein has seen plenty of cars that have been lived in. "Hers was one of the worst," she says. Laundry baskets of clothes, diapers, wipes, shoes — all crammed into a compact Mazda. e woman said she occasionally used her mom's place to shower. But her mom lived in subsidized housing and she could not stay there due to occupancy rules. HUD's definition of homeless is a person living someplace not meant for hu- man habitation — a tent, the sidewalk, a garage, a car, as well as a homeless shelter. When determining assistance for students, public school systems like JCPS use the definition of homelessness provided by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assis- tant Act of 1987. It's a wider definition that includes any child doubled up with relatives or friends or living in motels or campgrounds. e 22-year-old mother Klein met with after anksgiving would be considered HUD homeless. With that designation, the moment she (or anyone who is HUD homeless) connects with a shelter or the Coalition for the Homeless, a nine-page assessment to gauge vulnerability must be completed. Disabilities, small children, multiple children, illnesses, pregnancy — those all add points to a score that's en- tered into a Homeless Management Infor- mation System (HMIS), a sort of Doppler radar that tracks where homeless people are staying, if they've received assistance or, perhaps, if they've been banned from certain shelters for breaking rules. HMIS also includes the family-shelter waitlist. Families with high-priority scores may exit the waitlist quicker than those with lower scores. (ey will also get first dibs when permanent supportive housing opportunities arise.) Louisville has three emergency night shelters for families: Volunteers for America in Shelby Park can fit just over 20 families, Salvation Army on Brook Street in the old Male High School has six family units, and Wayside Tonia Nolden (left) and Erin Klein in their "prevention and diversion" office.

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