Louisville Magazine

JAN 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 1.19 57 Christian Mission on Jefferson Street can take in 70 family members, splitting them between the men's and women's shelter space. e Center for Women and Families also houses some homeless women and children fleeing domestic violence, though their space isn't exclusively for homeless families, and it's nearly always at capacity. (Both Wayside and Salva- tion Army have space for homeless singles and St. Vincent de Paul Ozanam Inn serves only men.) Sometimes, 25 or 30 families will be on the waitlist. Near the end of 2018, there were 72. One family had been on it since August. On the Tuesday after anksgiving, it was cold, a so-called White Flag night, meaning shelters would open more space. (White Flag nights occur when temperatures dip below 35 degrees or rise above 95 degrees.) Klein recommended that the 22-year-old head to Wayside, the only shelter that reliably accepts any family that shows up during White Flag, magically jigsawing their rooms and gymnasium to squeeze a family in. "I don't get it," Klein says. "ey make space appear." Klein is 33 and funny, a self-described "doer" who's unfazed at the idea of "harassing" shelter staff or service providers on behalf of a family. But she admits this is heavy work. Who wants to carry the image of babies spending nights in a car sandwiched between laundry baskets? So she pushes forward — let's fix it, no purpose in idling with aching hearts. Nolden, who is 50, is quieter, always addressing clients in a maternal, gentle tone. Maybe it's the years she spent working at the Center for Women and Families with victims of domestic violence. When she gets rolling on a case — calling land- lords, hunting for affordable apartments — she may sit at her desk for hours, never mind the beep beep from her watch. "e Apple Watch reminds me to stand up and I ignore it," she says with a laugh. Clients like China help bring moments of clarity, satisfaction. Nolden, who is the mother of two grown children, says sometimes what she witness- es hits her. is fall she started working with a mother and her 12 children who, as of December, had friends helping to pay for a hotel. Recently, the mother found out she had been approved for a Section 8 housing voucher. Good news. And a real challenge: HUD requires a certain amount of space depending on family size and has caps on rent. To use the voucher, the family must find a landlord with a six-bedroom house renting at about $1,800 or less per month. And that landlord must be open to tenants with vouchers. Nolden's also been keeping tabs on a mother and her teenage son. ey've been staying in a car since being evicted. e mother has a speech impediment related to a fall down stairs in one of the shoddy homes she and her son previously lived in. So it's Timothy, Samantha and their two young children head to the public library.

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