USI Presents Recommendations at Commission on Homelessness Meeting


Gayl Killough (left) and USI student Traci Welp present to Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the Commission on Homelessness their findings and recommendations on Evansville’s homelessness Point-in-Time Count. Welp and classmate Jen Sharp (not pictured) performed a detailed analysis of the Point-in-Time Count as part of their capstone course in USI’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program during the 2016 spring semester.

National Housing Market Conditions, 1st Quarter 2016

National Housing Market Conditions, 1st Quarter 2016

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has released its analysis of the national housing market with first quarter statistics for 2016. The report contains updates on production, marketing, housing performance, homeownership, and affordability, provides comparisons with previous quarters, and places the data in a larger historical context. The analysis indicates that during the first quarter of 2016, the housing market continued to improve.



Evansville homeless agencies request donations after funding cut

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:34 a.m. CDT by Jordan Rowe

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke talked about the impact of the funding shift on Monday. (WIKY)
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke talked about the impact of the funding shift on Monday. (WIKY)

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke talked about the impact of the funding shift on Monday. (Source: WIKY)

Across the country, experts say more than half a million people are homeless on a single day.

And here in Evansville, officials have documented at least 2300 instances of homelessness.  These are men, women and children who must sleep without a roof over their head.

Now, officials are worried about their ability to find temporary housing for the homeless because of a recent shift in federal funding.

“This money from HUD, which is called Tier 2 funding, will not be coming back,” explained Timothy Weir, Co-Director of the Commission on Homelessness.  “As a community, we have to find a way to replace the funding for Aurora’s outreach team and for the temporary housing programs that the YWCA and Goodwill provide the homeless in Evansville.”

Combined, the impact was a loss of nearly $400,000.  A fundraising team has been assembled to restore the money that HUD eliminated to these agencies.

“Evansville is incredibly generous,” Weir said.  “I think there is real empathy for people who are homeless in our community.  I know our corporations are very supportive of our homeless service agencies, like Aurora and the YWCA.  We are optimistic that we are going to be able to raise the $162,000 that we need in this campaign.”

Old National Bank has provided a “Challenge Grant” of $10,000.  Officials are seeking donations from companies, individuals and faith groups.

You can send a contribution to the Vanderburgh Community Foundation at 401 SE 6th Street in Evansville, IN 47708.

By raising these funds, officials say it will give the agencies more time to find a permanent solution to the shortfall.

2016 Region 8 Community Partner of the Year Award

Community Partner of the YearGayl Killough, on behalf of Region 8 for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the recipient of the 2016 Region 8 Community Partner of the Year award.  March is National Social Work Month, and each region in the state chapter during March holds an event to celebrate the social work profession, and at this event a NASW member and a community partner are recognized from nominations received from the region. The Community Partner of the Year goes to someone who, although not a professional social worker, exemplifies the priorities and values of the social work profession and whose work importantly collaborates with social work on common community needs and social justice issues. You were nominated due to your much appreciated work you do with the homeless community.