On Thursday, the Metropolitan Housing Coalition released its annual “State of Metropolitan Housing Report,” a snapshot of all things affordable housing related in Louisville.
It can be unintentionally disheartening, as the deeply embedded social problems in the city surface every year — clusters of poverty, races divided based on neighborhoods and the dwindling of resources to help the growing number of low-income families.
Here are a few wince-worthy stats:
1) Nearly 75 percent of Louisville’s subsidized housing units (public housing and section 8 units) are in seven of the 26 Metro Council districts. Not surprisingly, the West End contains the most subsidized housing, the East End, just a trace.
2) Predominantly minority areas in town have a median park size of 3.61 acres while parks in predominantly white areas have a median park size of 24 acres.
3) A study of tree cover and soil contamination in 10 Louisville Metro Council districts found that neighborhoods in the West End (think Portland, Shawnee) had two of the four lowest tree cover percentages.
4) According to 2010 Census data, 15.3 percent of individuals in Metro Louisville were living below the poverty line.
5) Almost half — 41 percent — of those low-income households are headed by women with children under 18 years of age.
6) In Louisville Metro, the black population is concentrated in the West End and just east of the airport.
7) Last year, 663 public housing units were lost with the razing of Iroquois Homes.
8 ) Gasoline prices are up 36 percent over this time last year. Goods and services (groceries, utilities) are up almost 4 percent.
It’s not the prettiest of pictures, folks.