Better Business Bureau Report for
Coalition for the Homeless

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2017

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Coalition for the Homeless
Address: 1300 S. Fourth Street # 250
  Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: 502-636-9550
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1986, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to advocate for people who are homeless and for the prevention and elimination of homelessness. The Coalition's efforts are targeted in a three-prong approach: 1) Educate the community about homelessness and inspire action, 2) Advocate for system changes, and 3) Coordinate the community response to homelessness through efficient use of resources and funding.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Coalition for the Homeless meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The agency's programs and services include the following: Advocacy including meeting with city council members, city staff, State and federal legislators to affect policy, Letter writing campaigns, Education campaigns and public speaking engagements to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty, Press releases, public forums and reports on homelessness in Louisville, Weekly "Word on the Street" E-newsletter about homeless issues and resources in Louisville, "Street Tips" publication with resources that help the homeless in Jefferson County, Monitoring of homeless shelters using quality assurance standards, Trainings to shelter and homeless service agency staff to meet standards, Creation and tracking of "The Blueprint: Plan to Eliminate Homelessness" for Louisville, Coordination of local homeless services and submission of federal Continuum of Care application to access over $8 million per year in funding for homeless services, Coordination and training for county-wide Homeless Management Information System Management that tracks all homeless services, Annual street count and homeless census, Coordination of "White Flag" program to provide additional shelter during inclement weather, Distribution of donations and half price TARC tickets to service providers, Coordination of annual "Stand Down/Project Homeless Connect" event to provide resources to the homeless on a single day, Coordination of system to hear complaints and concerns about homeless services, Addressing service gaps through service coordination and program start up, and Management of Bed One-Stop call center to get homeless ID card and make a shelter reservation.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Coalition for the Homeless's program expenses were:

Continuum of Care 2,676,972
Total Program Expenses: $2,676,972
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Chief Executive : Natalie Harris, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Ms. Lisa Cates
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Business Owner

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 11

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, charitable gaming, internet appeals, and memberships.

In addition, the Coalition for the Homeless is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,893,151, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Coalition for the Homeless's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Ending net assets as reported below include $428,989 in unrestricted net assets and $21,363 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported below include $11,301 invested in furniture and equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Grants and contributions 2,626,929
Charitable gaming, net 99,508
In-kind income 60,960
Membership dues 57,431
Special events 48,323
Other income 23,552
Investment income 14,534
Realized and unrealized gain on investments, net -14,790
Total Income $2,916,447


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $2,916,447
Program expenses $2,676,972
Fund raising expenses 94,649
Administrative expenses 173,957
Total expenses $2,945,578
Expenses in Excess of Income (29,131)
Beginning net assets 458,120
Other Changes in Net Assets 21,363
Ending net assets 450,352
Total liabilities 52,361
Total assets $502,713

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