We didn’t have to look far to find fair housing stories for this week’s post as so much is happening lately right in our backyard. With big announcements last week and big events happening this coming week, you could say that housing issues are finally getting some spotlight in Lexington. Thanks to all of our community partners for all your work in this mission of housing justice!
Greenhouse17, Central Kentucky’s regional domestic violence shelter, announced this week that they are moving forward with plans to develop apartment housing for survivors of domestic violence. Dubbed the KCADV Homes Lexington, the development project will include 24 units that will be divided between two different locations in Lexington, all of which will be offered exclusively to survivors and their children. While living at one of the Greenhouse17 units, residents will also be able to take advantage of the numerous economic justice programs organized by Greenhouse17, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV), and other agencies. [KYForward]
A new blog, Lexington Housing Studies, launched recently that looks at the housing justice issues relevant to Lexington, specifically (at least this far) focusing on gentrification issues happening in neighborhoods in the east and north areas of the downtown community. The inaugural post is a data-driven examination of the effects that building vacancy/abandonment is having on the East End neighborhood. [Lexington Housing Studies]
Speaking of Lexington’s East End community, developers have recently broken ground there on low-income housing opportunities aimed for “workers and retirees in the East End.” The developers, Emerge Contracting, intend to build 12 apartments with rents hopefully to stay in around $600 a month, which is approximately what the Department of Housing and Urban Development calculates as Fair Market Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Lexington-Fayette County in 2015. As for what the actual effects of Emerge’s efforts, regardless of their good intentions, will be on the residents of the East End, we’ll just have to wait and see. [Herald-Leader, HUD]
Concomitant to the above stories, Lexington will be hosting the National Community Land Trust Network Conference next week (October 19-22, 2015). The event will focus on what’s been done and continues to be done to preserve the Davis Park (née Davis Bottom) community on the western edge of downtown. The work to empower the residents of Davis Park is largely due to the Lexington Community Land Trust. LCLT Executive Director Barbara Navin recently said that the agency’s work centers around “protecting residents from unwanted development and market forces, and preserving permanently affordable for-sale and rental homes.” [LCLT, Herald-Leader]
(Photo: “Former Fayette County Courthouse,” by mystuart (on and off). Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 via Creative Commons.)