CLOUT’s efforts result in enrollment of additional 60,000 children in KCHIP

Louisville, KY – In its “Catch a Falling Child” campaign, CLOUT addressed the fact that thousands of eligible children were falling through the cracks of the healthcare system due to various barriers to enrollment in the KCHIP (Kentucky Child Health Insurance Program). CLOUT won a commitment from thirteen different state and local health officials in 2008 to form a task force and develop a pilot project enrolling 6,000 more children in Medicaid and KCHIP within the following three years. This task force developed a set of recommendations on how to improve the state’s Medicaid and KCHIP programs. Gov. Steve Beshear eventually committed to remove barriers to enrollment, and to dedicate $31 million, to be matched by $81 million in federal funding, to enroll 35,000 children in KCHIP over the following two years. As the result of these changes, over time an additional 60,000 children were enrolled in KCHIP

CLOUT looks to stop the revolving door of crime

Louisville, KY – At CLOUT’s Nehemiah Action in March 2007, CLOUT members launched the “Stop the Revolving Door” campaign to secure reforms in the criminal justice system. Then Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert followed through on his commitment to double the size of the Drug Court program, to provide more training for judges on how to use the program, and to maintain the licensed treatment component of the program. Drug Courts operate under a specialized model in which the criminal justice system, mental health, and treatment communities work together to help non-violent offenders treat their addictions and become productive citizens, and has proven to lower recidivism and tax spending on crime when properly implemented. Kentucky Department of Corrections Commission John Rees followed through on his commitment by creating a new training program in issues related to drug & alcohol addiction for all Probation and Parole staff statewide; it is now required for all new and existing staff. Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson followed through on his commitment to establish a new drug treatment program in the local jail.

CLOUT takes on affordable housing shortage

Louisville, KY – In 2006, Louisville Mayor Abramson committed to establish a local Affordable Housing Trust Fund to provide the community with funds to build, preserve, and rehabilitate housing that would be affordable for extremely and very low income households. Abramson included this in his 2007 Comprehensive Housing Strategy, along with $1 million in seed funding. On May 15, 2008, the Louisville Metro Council voted 25-1 to establish the Fund according to the guidelines developed by CLOUT and its allies. Efforts have continued to secure an ongoing, dedicated source of revenue for the fund. In the meantime, CLOUT also worked at the state level to gain the passage of legislation that is providing a secure and ongoing source of millions of dollars per year in funding for the Kentucky Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

In 2011, newly installed Louisville Mayor, Greg Fischer, committed to identify an ongoing dedicated source of public revenue for Louisville’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, in order to address the ongoing problem of 25,000 families being on the city’s waiting list for affordable housing assistance.

Finally, in 2015, in response to several more years of work by CLOUT and its allies, Mayor Fischer announced the Louisville CARES initiative, which will provide an $11 million rotating loan fund to provide funding for more affordable housing in Louisville, a significant first step to providing funding needed to address this crisis.

CLOUT’s efforts improve reading performance in public schools

Louisville, KY – In 2004, CLOUT won the implementation of Direct Instruction (DI), a phonics-based reading curriculum proven to increase reading abilities of at-risk youth, in Jefferson County schools. As a result, 48% of Kindergartners at Shelby Elementary, formerly the lowest performing school in Kentucky in reading, entered first grade reading at the Second Grade level. 63% of Mill Creek Elementary Kindergartners were also reading at the Second Grade level. CLOUT successfully negotiated an agreement with the school district to implement DI in two additional schools beginning the fall of 2005.