A path forward

Posted by Spalding Hurst

June 18, 2021

Today, Friday, June 18, in front of a home on Cedar Street in West Louisville, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth announced a $2.5 million dollar investment in the Louisville Urban League and its “A Path Forward for Louisville” work.

Below is a press release from the Louisville Urban League. Reports have appeared on WLKY, WHAS, and WAVE today and there may be further coverage.

This gift will allow for 50 vacant and abandoned properties in the west end to be rehabilitated into affordable rental units over the next three years. In addition, each unit will be outfitted with energy-efficient doors, windows, insulation, HVAC, and appliances in an effort to minimize utility costs for renters, lower the Urban Heat Island effect, and reduce global warming. Rehabilitation work will begin immediately and units will be available for rent later this year.

“Everyone deserves a safe place to call home,” said Sadiqa Reynolds, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League. “Families at 30% of area median income are led by the people who stocked the grocery shelves during this pandemic. These are the moms and dads who sought out free wifi so that kids could get their homework done. They are our neighbors.”

“Ordinarily, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth do not make public the good works that we do,” says Sister Adeline Fehribach, SCN Vice President. “Hallmarks of our charism include humility, as well as simplicity and charity. However, we have agreed to make our actions public today, not to toot our own horn, but as a witness for others, with the hope that others might join us in similar actions that improve lives and build community.”

Over the past year, the Louisville Urban League and the Path Forward partners have made major strides raising more than $10 million dollars towards the implementation of the plan they laid out. Together, they are increasing production and raising funds for both affordable housing units and affordable rental units in the West End. Things are moving.

Various developers, like Sponsor 4 Success (S4S) and ReBOUND, Inc will have the opportunity to make use of the funding. As projects become available, funds will be dispensed. The goal is to renovate properties and get them into the hands of families as quickly as possible.

“S4S wants to improve the living and economic conditions of people living in the West End by offering residents a decent place to live and restoring dignity in the community,” said Butch Mosbey, President of Sponsor 4 Success. “Older houses in the West End have been neglected and newer houses are unaffordable for the average resident. Partnering with the Urban League on an affordable rental program gives us the opportunity to put properties in the hands of community stakeholders at affordable rates. We are thrilled to be involved!”

Kevin Dunlap, Executive Director of ReBOUND, Inc stated, “ReBOUND has been adding to the affordable housing landscape of the West End for almost thirty years and it feels like our work has never been more important than it is today. We are excited to have organizations like the Sisters continuing to invest in this deeply important work.”

The housing landscape in Louisville is in desperate need of investment and intentional intervention. There is an extreme shortage in affordable housing stock and the number of evictions are a growing crisis across the city. Investments like that of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth make a real difference in the lives of families who need it most.

“Today, we are standing in front of a home that will soon directly respond to our city’s greatest housing need,” Reynolds said. “We partner with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth whose mission recognizes the interrelatedness of all creation. Together, we can and must meet the needs of families, one home at a time.”

About the Louisville Urban League

The Louisville Urban League assists African Americans and those at the margins in attaining social and economic equality and stability through direct services and advocacy. For more information, go to lul.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@louisvilleUL), or Instagram (@louisville_ul).

About A Path Forward for Louisville

In response to a global pandemic and social unrest locally and across the country, a group of Black non-profit leaders representing and/or providing service to large portions of Louisville’s Black community, came together to discuss innovative opportunities for the city to remedy the damage done by decades of redlining and systematic oppression. The resulting petition to the city and demands for investment has been signed by almost 100 partners and allies, representing more than 70 organizations across the city. Learn more at apathforward4lou.org.

19 Comments

  1. Linda Bowman

    Thank you, Sisters for all your hard work. A very caring and needed project, in any area.
    Thanks for sharing the good and needed good news.
    Warmest regards to all the Sisters, and best wishes to all those whose paths have touched
    Mine! God bless,

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  2. Rita Davis, SCN

    God is so good, I’m so happy we can help in this endeavor to help others in need. Thanks and Blessings to all concerned in the giving and in the receiving.

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  3. Marcie Heil SCNA

    What wonderful work and a tribute to the SCN charism. I am glad it is known!

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  4. Sunila

    It is appropriate to let the others know what we do for the people in need. Thank you sisters for the great work done and is on the process.

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  5. Rena Fernandes

    Thanks be to God for choosing to share our resources with the most needy. Mother Catherine Spalding’s spirit is alive and active . God Bless your hard work.

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  6. Name *Joel

    For me it was real surprise to know the SCNs are sharing their God given wealth so that more people can have decent homes. It is only right and just.

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  7. Reena

    I am grateful for the SCN response to our African American community in Louisville. Mother Catherine will be blessing us for choosing to share our resources with the most needy.

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  8. Amrita SCN

    We are only actualizing our Mission Statement in reality. Thank you sisters for this initiative.

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  9. Beena Chirackakal

    Congratulations , great step forward. Feel accomplished to know there will be safe home for at least 30 families.
    God bless our humble efforts.
    Beena

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    • Tess Browne

      A sign of hope, dignity and self-determination for the West End community. Thank you Sisters in our SCN leadership for partnering with Urban League and S4S to be Repairers of the Breach.

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  10. Maria Brocato

    Thanks be to God that we can invest in the African American Community! May it mean peace and shelter for those in need.

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    • Sharan Benton

      Many thanks to the SCN’s some 30 or more years ago that were arrested in the west end of Louisville in fighting for better housing. Their beginnings helped bring the blessings of today’s housing issues. Many thanks to the SCN’s.

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      • Charlotte Hazas, SCNA

        Thank you, Sharan, for mentioning those arrests of SCNs, as they protested unsafe housing so many years ago. And now the SCN Community makes a gift to provide safe housing in that same West End area where those protests and arrests took place. It is indeed right and just.

  11. Ignatius Perkins, OP, SCNA

    Mother Catherine Spalding SCN and her Sisters once again act to bring healing, hope and an enduring peace to our community and to our world. May others follow with this sane spirit and definitive action.to our suffering world.

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  12. Julie Driscoll

    At this time of such need for housing in the African American community in our city, I am very grateful for this SCN response! Deep thanks to our leaders!

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    • Anne O'Shea

      A beautiful way to celebrate Juneteenth! Blessings and gratitude!

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  13. Angie Shaughnessy SCN

    I am so humbled to be an SCN and so very proud of my community for making this contribution. We are daughters of Catherine Spalding who would expect no less of us. Thank you to our leadership for making this gift possible.

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    • Rita Puthenkalam

      A path forward indeed!
      It is right &just we do this.
      Congrats to the decision-makers!!

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    • Anne Marie,SCN

      Thank you Sisters, for the great initiative of sharing our blessings with those who are less privileged!

      Reply

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