Drug court judge seeks emergency fund for participants in treatment program

July 13, 2017. Insider Louisville.

District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke says her speciality drug court in Jefferson County designed to steer criminal defendants toward addiction treatment instead of jail is producing good results, but it’s only at half-capacity and in need of discretionary funds to help participants in crisis pay for housing, medication and food to increase their odds of completing the program.

Earlier this week, Burke participated in the inaugural criminal justice roundtable of city leaders created by Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT), a faith-based social justice group.

Metro Council approves first $10 million to affordable housing trust fund

June 27, 2017. WLKY.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After years of pushing for more city funds for affordable housing, the Louisville Metro Council approved its first $10 million to a special fund.In 2008, the Metro Council created the affordable housing trust fund and called for an annual budget of $10 million, but getting that annual funding has been a battle.

Louisville Metro Council moves $13.4M in Mayor Fischer’s budget plan: Here are the early winners and losers

June 21, 2017. The Courier-Journal.

After holding an extra month of public hearings, the Metro Council’s budget committee redirected about $13.4 million in Mayor Greg Fischer’s spending plan.

During a nearly three-hour committee meeting Tuesday, city officials lobbied for projects and questioned ways to best spend taxpayer dollars ahead of the new fiscal year starting July 1.

‘Safe City’ meeting calls for drug, housing, school reform

March 28, 2017. The Louisville Courier-Journal.

The “Safe City” platform of Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or “CLOUT” was on the table Tuesday in a gathering of hundreds of residents, elected officials, civic leaders and activists at the Memorial Auditorium in Old Louisville.

Representatives from 22 churches and religious organizations led a conversation with officials about the agenda of affordable housing, education reform, substance abuse and mental health treatment.