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Five 
Focal
Points
Hall’s campaign will focus on five pillars seeking to change and elevate the landscape of the city. The five pillars include: Public Safety, Education, Workforce Development, Affordable Housing, and Mental Health. When these five focal points operate and function simultaneously, the community can deliver a knockout punch to the disparity rates that plague our city.
Public Safety, Education, Workforce Development, Affordable Housing, and Mental Health
Public Safety: Louisville currently outranks Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago in homicides.
  • As of December 5th, 2021, Louisville’s homicide rate is sitting at 179 homicides and 109 suicides. 

  • Between the years of 2010 - 2021 Louisville is sitting at a total of 1016 homicides. 

  • Louisville has 23 per 100,000 / Philadelphia has 22.7 per 100,000 / Atlanta has 21.7 per 100,000 / Chicago has 20.5 per 100,000.

  • “The city hovered around 50 murders a year in 2011 and is now on track to reach about 200 by the end of 2021, which would mark a 300% increase in the last decade.”

  • The Louisville Metro Police Department is currently down more than 240 officers.

Education: JCPS school ranking is currently 45th in the state and standing at a 72% illiteracy rate in reading and writing. 
  • JCPS is averaging $17,000 per student with our tax dollars whereas, Christian academy tuition is $11,000. Although Christian Academy is private, they are getting a higher quality education. Implementing a plan where the money can follow the student and not the school.

  • For the 2021-22 school year, there are 173 public schools serving 98,797 students in Jefferson County School District. This district’s average testing ranking is 2/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Kentucky.

  • Bus transportation is becoming an issue of inconvenience with compound and school distance radius. There are Bus driver shortages as well as children are coming home late due to having to bus transfers and compound exchange.

Workforce Development: Bridging the workforce gap by educating our community on the local resources and empowering local businesses. 
  • As we advance in a world of technology in the 21st century and with Louisville being one of the leading cities in healthcare, we must take advantage of the technological assets in our community such as AMPED Community Center, BrainSTEM University, and Tech Louisville. 

  • The Spot is a young adult opportunity campus partnered with Goodwill Industries that focuses on helping individuals between the ages of 16-24 year old. 

Affordable Housing: More than 1,000 people in Louisville, KY are living in a shelter or are living unsheltered in our city. 
  • Goodwill Industries has partnered with a program called Another Way, which targets high traffic areas and offers unhoused individuals to have an opportunity to get off the streets and work on different jobs to receive lunch and a $50 stipend for a day’s work.

Mental Health: As we move past another year of record high homicides, the economic impact, and a global pandemic we must utilize local resources to restore our community.
  • The Trauma Resilient Community initiative is a five-year, $5 million federal grant that addresses violence and trauma. This is a city-wide program funded by SAMHSA to promote resilience and equity for Louisville’s youth and families.

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