Louisville Magazine

MAY 2019

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36 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 5.19 THE BIT Glinda Adkins just couldn't call them trashcans. Sure, other than their neutral tone they were identical to their black and orange brethren stationed in Louisville's alleys and on curbs, even branded with the same city logo. But as manager of a new storage facility for the belongings of homeless men and women, Adkins was frustrated. The few personal items homeless people hang on to didn't deserve trashcans. "So we call them bins," she says. A large white tent shields three tidy rows of roughly 70 bins, each labeled with a name and number, each fastened with a lock. In late March, the St. John Center for Homeless Men opened this facility in the parking lot of the now-closed First Link Grocery on East Liberty Street. Along with the bins, the facility has four ship- ping containers (once used by the former ReSurfaced outdoor event space in Phoe- nix Hill) lined with 160 lockers — some old and donated by TARC, others new and bought with grants and $45,000 in surplus that Metro Council earmarked for the facility. (In December, Metro Council put about $565,000 in surplus toward emergency homeless services.) As of this morning in early April, nearly 80 clients have used the facility. (The only things Adkins doesn't allow people to store in the facility are illegal drugs and food.) About a week before, the city cleared the homeless encampment that stretched along Jefferson Street under a downtown overpass. On that day, an outreach team from St. John's and Uniting Partners for Women assisted those affected by the sweep, driving them to recovery centers, shelters or other camps. Adkins says 12 new clients showed up at the facility that day and in the days following, all in need of secure storage. The surplus funds run out at the end of June, and with a $35-million budget Safe Keeping A much-needed storage facility opens for homeless men and women. By Anne Marshall SPACES Photos by Mickie Winters

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