Safe and Healthy Communities

Build relationships and strengthen trust among community members.

Communities with greater trust and social networks are healthier and wealthier.

Action Plan #1:

Establish a district-wide action team drawing from involved community members, neighborhood association members, and youth to build networks, enhance communication, and identify opportunities for problem solving.

Action Plan #2:

Ensure neighborhoods have the opportunity to come together to build relationships and create a shared vision through the development of both formal and informal neighborhood plans.

Neighborhood plan development offers a forum for neighborhoods to build relationships and develop a neighborhood-based vision for growth. Partnerships with nonprofit agencies (Center for Neighborhoods and U of L School of Urban and Public Affairs, for example) will provide the support needed for the creation of a plan (both formal and informal) that meets the needs of the community. 

Action Plan #3

Encourage all neighborhoods to have neighborhood association representation. Partner with Center For Neighborhoods to help involved community members develop neighborhood associations where currently none exist.

Resources you can use now

Center For Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Plans in Louisville Metro

Promote policies designed to prevent opioid dependence

40214 has the 2nd highest rate of opioid use in the metro area.

Action Plan #1: 

Partner with Metro’s Office of Resiliency and area providers to educate the community about the risks of storing left-over medication and safe disposal methods Approximately 70% of people addicted start by using narcotics from someone’s medication cabinet. 

Action Plan #2:

Provide additional opportunities for community members to safely dispose of unused medications ( drug take back sites, Deterra, etc.). 

Resources you can use now: 

Centerstone Emergency Resources

Treatment Resources

How to Dispose of Unused Medications

The Healing Place

National Hotline

Narcan training

Walgreens drug  take back site in district 21

5201 S. Third Street

Strengthen relationship between Louisville Metro Police Department and community

Action Plan #1: 

Create neighborhood-based policing plans to better understand areas of concern and work with law enforcement to provide additional support (e.g. block watches, increased patrols, street lighting, etc.)

Activity #2: 

 Partner with LMPD to establish a continuous quality improvement tracking database to quantitatively collect officer concerns, in order to better assess and prioritize workforce needs 

Activity #3: 

 Collaborate with LMPD to establish a resident officer pilot program, whereby, officers live rent free in the community they serve

Action Plan #4:

Promote and encourage exceptional work of LMPD through expanded awards and recognition.

Resources you can use now

Start a Block Watch

Youth Police Advisory Council

Citizens Police Academy

Improve public safety through environmental redesign

Action Plan #1: 

Promote LMPD resource officer availability to conduct site surveys at homes making recommendations for increased safety (lighting, landscape improvements)

Action Plan #2:

Identify streets and gathering spots ( bus stops, for example) in need of lighting and align with crime map data. 

Action Plan #3: 

Incorporate identified dark-spots with crime activity into the neighborhood- based policing plan.

Resources you can use now

LMPD Division Map

LMPD Third Division

LMPD Fourth Division

LMPD Sixth Division

LMPD Seventh Division

Crime map data

Increase support services that will help elder community members to remain safely in their homes.

Aging in place offers many benefits to the individual both in the way of increased safety, health, and economics.

Action Plan #1: 

Assess needs and strengths by mapping naturally occurring retirement communities and align with transportation accessibility, services, and providers. There is a need better understand the highest concentrations of the aging population and assess livability.  We need to understand needs related to keeping folks comfortably in their homes for longer.

Action Plan #2: 

Partner with a nonprofit to create an independent advisory service for home maintenance. The advisory service would serve as a resource for giving market rate estimates for repairs, linking with reputable contractors, assisting with contacts, and spot-checking quality. 

Action Plan #3: 

Support tax caps limiting the amount of taxes paid due to increased property value

Resources you can use now

Metro Emergency Repair Services

New Directions Repair Affair

Elderserve Resources

Increase opportunities for youth engagement

District 21 has a high percentage of disconnected youth — those not in school and without employment.

Action Plan #1: 

Ensure there is at least one youth representative on the District Action Team. The community needs the voice of youth in decision making.  Involvement on the District Action Team would also provide a forum for youth investment in the community.

Action Plan #2:

Host an annual youth forum to gather input about youth concerns and needs across the district. Currently there is no forum for collecting youth concerns and needs across D21 and no planning.   

Action Plan #3:

Partner with JCPS and The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods to provide a structure for youth to learn self-regulation skills.

Youth are prone to quick decision making resulting in delinquent behavior that has lasting implications.  Evidence-based practices have proven effective in teaching skills for slowing down decision making.   

Resources you can use now

Louisville Metro Community Centers

The Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods

Summerworks Program