Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s poorest cities, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to the homeless crisis.
The city has been hit hard by the devastating fires and floods of 2016 and is struggling to provide shelter and other basic services to the city’s homeless population.
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the city had 1,100 homeless people.
Louisville is one city where homeless people are considered residents.
A homeless person is considered to be a resident of a city if they are not in the process of leaving and are not considered homeless in another state or city.
The U.N. estimates that 1.6 million people in the United States have been living in the streets or on the streets for more than a year.
The U.K. Government also estimates that the homeless population in England and Wales stands at 8 million.
But many residents in the Louisville area see the homeless as part of their community, and they’ve become part of the fabric of the city.
Louisvillians say the city has had the homeless problem for many years, and the first signs were noticed in 2015.
It wasn’t until a local resident named Eric, who was homeless for a year, started to find people to help him, that the situation really began to turn around.
“He was a very good guy, very nice person, but we were very concerned,” says Eric.
“We knew the homeless situation was going to get worse.
And then we were like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re not going to be able to find any other people.'”
Eric, who asked that his last name not be used because he was afraid of the repercussions, said he first met the homeless on the street in 2013 when he was in the middle of a business trip to New York City.
He says the first homeless person he encountered was a man who was trying to make ends meet by working as a bouncer.
“He was homeless because he couldn’t pay his rent and had no money,” Eric says.
“When he first got to Louisville, he said he was going into a store and the store manager was like, oh, you can’t have this.
He just told him to leave and go to another store.
So he left.”
The next person he met was a homeless man who had just left a homeless shelter.
Eric said he saw him walking in the street with his dog, a golden retriever named Jaws.
“I looked at Jaws and thought, wow, I’m going to see him again, because I saw him a year before,” Eric said.
“I just kind of fell in love with him,” Eric recalls.
“The way he was so caring, the way he loved to help people, the smile on his face when he saw me, I just thought he was such a wonderful guy.”
It was only after Eric met other homeless people in Louisville that the problem really took off.
“It was just the homeless people who were willing to help me and I think that was the first time that I saw people like that,” Eric explains.
“When we first met, he just had the same look in his eyes.
You could tell he was homeless, but it was his face, the face of a person who had been through so much.”
Eric says he met people he’d never seen before, and when they told him the story of how they came to Louisville to find a job, he didn’t really believe it.
“But I thought, well, I’ve got to find this person,” Eric remembers.
“And that was when I started to see a homeless person, and that’s when I realized, oh my God.
It’s just us.”
The city of Louisville’s homeless are often referred to as “the people.”
They have a lot of different names, and it varies between the city and the surrounding areas.
But in the city of Louisvillians, the term is commonly associated with the homeless.
“The word homeless is synonymous with Louisvillans,” says Louisvillian Mayor John Hoke.
“Louisvillans is the most populous city in the country and we have the largest homeless population anywhere in the world.”
Hoke says the term “homeless” is often used by those who live in Louisvillia to refer to those who are living on the margins of society, such as the homeless, or the “people.”
“People on the edge of society,” Hoke says.
“It’s a term that people have been using for a long time, and I see that it’s really important to the people who live here.”
Hokes says the word homeless doesn’t necessarily refer to the person who’s living on a street, but rather, it refers to the group of people who are not allowed to live in a city and that often includes the homeless themselves.
“We are the people,” Hokes says.