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, 2016, Coalition for the Homeless's program expenses were:

Continuum of Care 3,278,805
Total Program Expenses: $3,278,805
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Chief Executive : Natalie Harris, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Jared Grant
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

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 % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,707,171, 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, 2016.

Ending net assets as reported below include $513,650 in unrestricted net assets and $89,729 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported below include $8,937 invested in furniture and equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Grants and contributions 3,427,116
Charitable gaming, net 188,871
Membership dues 72,486
Investment Income 24,447
Special events, net 18,698
Other Income 12,494
Realized and unrealized loss on investments, net -30,236
Total Income $3,713,876


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 92%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $3,713,876
Program expenses $3,278,805
Fund raising expenses 11,545
Administrative expenses 270,499
Total expenses $3,560,849
Income in Excess of Expenses 153,027
Beginning net assets 450,352
Ending net assets 603,379
Total liabilities 52,842
Total assets $656,221

This report was originally issued in December 2015. Financial info was updated in March 2017.

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