July 21, 2022 - Louisville, KY was recognized today as one of 10 All-America City award winners. The National Civic League, along with co-convener the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, presented this honor to recognize Louisville's commitment to cross-sector collaboration; meaningful partnerships with public housing agencies and affordable-housing organizations; data-based solutions; and equity, including racial equity.
"We are happy to designate Louisville as an All-America City. They showed, even in the face a global pandemic, that they can bring people together to help kids and families thrive.”
President, National Civic League
In March, 20 communities were designated finalists for the award based on robust applications around the year’s theme. After months of preparation, the AAC finalists each provided a virtual community presentation to a jury panel from July 19-21, which then selected the 10 winners.
In 2015, the Louisville Metro Housing Authority received a Choice Neighborhoods planning grant for the Beecher Terrace public housing development and the Russell neighborhood. As part of this grant, the People Plan strives to create equitable opportunities where all Russell neighborhood/Beecher Terrace children and families are stable and thriving; where all voices are acknowledged and promoted; and all systems are positively aligned and equally contributing. Multiple AAC areas of focus align with this work, including digital equity, relational supports, transforming non-school places, and parents succeeding in their own journey toward sustainable self-sufficiency.
"Louisville is meeting families ‘where they are’ through a 24/7/365/multi-generational set of systems, supports and services. In doing so, the community is working to disrupt generational poverty for young learners and their families."
Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading