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Salvation Army stepping up to help families living in Economy Inn

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is new help for those families living in the Economy Inn.

The motel, located along Bardstown Road, has had some controversy. Neighbors want it shut down, saying it attracts crime. But for some families, it is the only place they can afford to live.

Now the Salvation Army says it's going to step in to help, with its Pathway to Hope Initiative.

"It's designed to help families with children -- school age children particularly," said Johanna Wint of the Salvation Army. "So we can stabilize these children and help break inter-generational poverty. We feel like if we can invest in families who really want to change, then we can make a difference in the children's lives going forward."

The program will help children stay in school, as well as provide financial resources and other services to help families become more stable and self-sufficient.

“If you're living in a hotel, not an apartment or home, that's a strenuous life right there so we need to do something to help those families,” said Wint.

The Salvation Army will provide case managers to talk with families at the motel.

"They can learn to pay bills, get on a budget, and teach their children about proper budgeting and hopefully we'll make a difference in people's lives. The main qualifications are that you have school aged children, want to change and that you have a job or the ability to work,” Wint told WDRB.

Wint says even families who don't qualify for Pathway to Hope will still be offered assistance.

"We can still help them with some food, with emergency assistance, help them find resources for housing outside the hotel."

WDRB has interviewed some of the Economy Inn's long term residents before. Some live four people to a room.

“We feel like if we can invest in families who really want to change then we can make a difference in the children's lives going forward,” said Wint.

Wint says Pathway of Hope offers job training, health services, childcare, education, housing options and legal services.

"Overall that's what we really want to do is make Louisville a better place for families, a safer place for children and just being able to say that we've invested and made a difference in the future of Louisville,” she said.

For more information, call The Salvation Army at 671-4900.


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