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Councilman Hollander’s February D9 Community Conversation Focuses on Redlining Wednesday, Feb 21 2018 

Councilman Bill Hollander invites the community to attend an upcoming D9 Community Conversation, which will close out Black History Month with a presentation by Clifton resident Joshua Poe on redlining in Louisville and a nationally acclaimed project to explore it.

Poe

Redlining is the denial of services or the refusal to grant loans or insurance to certain neighborhoods based on racial and socioeconomic discrimination. It was an explicit government policy which led to the racial segregation of our major cities, including Louisville. Poe’s work can be found here: https://lojic.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e4d29907953c4094a17cb9ea8f8f89de.   An article about it is here:  https://insiderlouisville.com/metro/redlining-louisville-map-wins-harvard-university-honor/.

Poe is an urban planner and independent researcher using GIS and planning principles to facilitate social justice and revitalization. He developed an interactive map that was the impetus for the Redlining Louisville project.  Poe’s map, “Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Real Estate,” was selected as the first winner of Harvard University’s Map of the Month contest, which recognizes best-in-class data visualizations created by all levels of government and nonprofits. “Redlining Louisville” was selected for its outstanding use of data combined from multiple sources, including historical data, its creativity and effective communication to the public, and the policy implications it is likely to have moving forward.  More about the award is here: https://datasmart.ash.harvard.edu/news/article/map-of-the-month-redlining-louisville-1062.Map

The D9 Community Conversation is Wednesday, February 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m.,  at United Crescent Hill Ministries,  150 South State Street.  “Redlining is an important subject we all need to understand in order to deal with its consequences. I am looking forward to Josh’s presentation”, says Hollander.  “As with all D9 Community Conversations, discussion of any other subject is also welcome and I will be available to talk with constituents about any questions, comments or concerns. ”

For more information about the meeting, contact Councilman Hollander’s office at 574-1109.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available Thursday, Dec 28 2017 

Tax Prep

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2017. The service is FREE if you earned $64,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2017 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available every Friday beginning January 26 through the end of tax season between 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment.

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $33,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $64,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

Register for 2017 Santa Sprint & Stroll Monday, Nov 27 2017 

Santa Sprint

Registration Deadline Extended – Nov. 29th! 

The pre-registration deadline for the 2017 Santa Sprint & Stroll has been extended to November 29, 2017 at 11:59pm! While we welcome day-of registration, pre-registration guarantees you an event t-shirt, and registration costs go up $5 on the day of the event.

We look forward to some healthy merry-making with you, so don’t miss out on meeting SANTA himself—at our 22nd Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll on December 2, 2017!

Registration and Fees:

  • “ADULT” (14 & Over): $25
  • “YOUTH” (13 & Under): $15
  • Participants in strollers: FREE
  • Only PRE-registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt.
  • DAY-OF Registration & Fees (Dec. 2): Add $5 to the fees listed above, for all participants.

Day of registration begins at 8:00am at Barret Traditional Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive. Race kicks off at 9:00am!

Click here to register.

Scouting for Food Friday, Nov 17 2017 

ScoutingIf you received a notice that Scouts would be picking up food donations, this Saturday, November 18, is the day.   Set out bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items by 8:00 a.m. this Saturday.  The food will be picked up by the Scouts and delivered to central locations (including Crescent Hill United Methodist Church’s “Praise Food Pantry” and St. Matthews United Methodist Church) for distribution to families in need throughout the area.

Scouts know how fortunate they are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And they know that not everyone is so lucky.  Help them by setting out food this Saturday morning.

FREE Mammogram Screenings – December 8 Monday, Nov 13 2017 

On Friday, December 8, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the 9th District obreast-cancer-ribbonffice, in partnership with U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will offer FREE mammograms at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  To make an appointment, please contact my office at 574-3908.  Mammograms are for women age 40 and over. There is no cost to eligible women without insurance.  Women with insurance will need to bring their card so a claim may be filed.

D9 Community Conversation – November 14 Tuesday, Nov 7 2017 

Join us on Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Whitehall House & Gardens, 3117 Lexington Road, for our bi-monthly D9 Community Conversation. As with all D9 Community Conversations, discussion of any other subjects is welcome and I will be available to talk with constituents about any questions, comments or concerns.  Mark your calendar – and bring along a friend or neighbor.

D9 Community Conversation – TONIGHT Monday, Sep 18 2017 

Have questions or comments about crime or policing, how Louisville Metro enforces property maintenance codes or drainage and sewer issues? We’re bringing people together next week to listen to you!

Join us on Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road, for our bi-monthly D9 Community Conversation. Representatives from Louisville Metro Police Department, Codes & Regulations and MSD will speak briefly about their agency and then provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

As with all D9 Community Conversations, discussion of any other subjects is welcome and I will be available to talk with constituents about any questions, comments or concerns.  Mark your calendar – and bring along a friend or neighbor.

Frankfort Avenue Celebration Walk Tuesday, Jul 11 2017 

Frankfort.pngI’m pleased to announce the fence and sidewalk project along Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story Avenues is complete! THANK YOU to Metro Public Works for your tenacity in submitting several proposals to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) before receiving final approval for this project. I’ve been working on this project since I took office. I thought it would be a great way to cleanup one of the major corridors into the Butchertown Neighborhood.

If you are unfamiliar with the area, here is a little history. On Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story, there is a bridge over Beargrass Creek. It was almost impossible to see the creek from the roadway because there was an unsightly chain length fence along both sides of the bridge. The chain length fence was installed by KYTC over ten years ago after someone leaned on the wrought-iron fence and it gave way and they fell into the creek. Fortunately no one was injured, but nearby businesses were concerned about pedestrian safety.

This project also included sidewalk repair along the northwest side of the street. Please check out before and after photos of the street.

Join us on Wednesday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. for a celebration walk of this corridor!

Free Summer Tax Preparation Assistance Wednesday, Jul 5 2017 

UPDATE: My office and the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) are partnering to offer FREE summer tax preparation throughout the summer months for taxpayers with household income of $65,000 or less.

This FREE service will be available through August 2017. You must make an appointment by calling LABC at 814-2715.

Clients will need to bring the following with them:

  • Social Security Card for everyone on tax return
  • Picture ID for taxpayer and spouse
  • W-2 and 1099 from employer
  • List of other income/expenses
  • 1098 for educational credit
  • 1095-A for certain healthcare credits
  • Blank check or account number for direct deposit

For more information and to make an appointment, contact the Louisville Asset Building Coalition at 814-2715 or visit http://www.labcservices.org.

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