Louisville is building a new campus for homeless residents. Here's what we know

A proposed "community care campus" will provide medical services and temporary housing for homeless people in Louisville — a project called the "first of its kind" by the new Greenberg administration.

The development, announced Thursday, is part of a sweeping plan to prevent and reduce homelessness that included $8.25 million for eviction prevention services and $24 million to build more affordable housing.

And while the campus is still in its planning phase, things are moving quickly.

Here's what we know so far.

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Where will the community care campus be located?

The campus will encompass most of a block in Old Louisville between Breckinridge and College streets, with Floyd and Brook streets to the east and west.

The block is currently home to the Vu Guesthouse hotel and C2, an event space, as well as the Christ Way Missionary Baptist Church.

A proposal for a medical and housing campus in Old Louisville.
A proposal for a medical and housing campus in Old Louisville.

How much is Louisville spending on the campus?

Louisville has agreed to purchase the Vu, C2 and other neighboring properties for $6.9 million. It is not purchasing the church, at the corner of Breckinridge and Floyd.

The city previously spent $1.6 million to buy property along College Street for a "safe outdoor space" for unhoused residents, called the Hope Village.

Mayor Craig Greenberg said a building on that property will be renovated as part of the campus, with costs expected to be around $9 million.

A spokesman for the mayor's office said the city expects to spend less than $100,000 to outfit the soon-to-be purchased buildings with "minor upgrades," including new kitchen equipment.

Funds to buy the properties came mostly from the American Rescue Plan's Emergency Rental Assistance program, along with other federal sources, Greenberg said.

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What will the campus for homeless people include?

The campus will be a partnership between Louisville Metro Government, Norton Healthcare, U of L Health, the Coalition for the Homeless and other community organizations.

It will include temporary housing and medical respite care for people experiencing homelessness, as well as a community resource space, commercial kitchen and laundry building.

According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, medical respite care is for people who are too sick to recover from an illness or injury on the streets, but who are not sick enough to be in a hospital.

The campus is expected to serve on average 150 people per day, Greenberg said.

"This is an impressive, important, groundbreaking partnership that is going to change a lot of lives in our community for the better," he said.

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