Evansville Conducts Annual One-Day Count of Homeless Population

Evansville Conducts Annual One-Day Count of Homeless Population 1.25.17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2017

CONTACT:                                                                                                              

Commission on Homelessness

Timothy Weir – tweir@accuridecorp.com

812.430-6038

 

Aurora Inc – lead agency

Brian Kerney – bkerney@auroraevansville.org

812-428-3246

 

Evansville Conducts Annual One-Day Count of Homeless Population

Point-in-Time Count measures sheltered, unsheltered homeless

 

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Evansville’s annual Point-in-Time count of the region’s homeless population – including both sheltered and unsheltered persons – will take place Wednesday, January 25, 2017 during the evening and overnight hours. Local news media are invited to cover this event and can make arrangements by contacting Aurora, Inc.

 

The Point-in-Time Count measures the homeless population of a certain area on a single designated day and time each year. The nationally-implemented process involves physically counting each person staying in a shelter and those “unsheltered” homeless persons who are living in places not meant for habitation. The information gathered in Evansville and Vanderburgh County is then shared with the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) to help establish the scope of homelessness in the United States and help policymakers and program administrators attract resources to help address and end homelessness.

 

The count is a 2 part process:  street and shelters.

  • Shelters:  Evansville initiates a white flag, so any and all can come to the shelter for the day (it makes counting the majority easier).  The shelter staff completes the survey forms for each person and enters the info into HMIS (Indiana’s homeless data tracking system).  Shelters not on the HMIS system receive paper forms to complete and send to Indianapolis for entry into HMIS.

 

Local shelters included in the count: United Caring Services, YWCA, House of Bread and Peace, Goodwill Family Center, Evansville Rescue Mission, Ozanam Family Shelter, and Albion Fellows Bacon Center.

 

  • StreetAurora’s Homeless Outreach Team goes out on the streets with survey forms in hand, to places where it is known that homeless people congregate or stay. The outreach team completes the forms and enters the information into HMIS.

About The Commission on Homelessness

The Evansville-Vanderburgh Commission on Homelessness was formed in 2005, to oversee and facilitate the implementation of Destination: Home – The Plan to End Homelessness and ensure that its strategies continue moving forward.  This Commission was established by ordinances passed by both the Evansville City Council (February 2005) and the Vanderburgh County Commissioners (December 2004).  The Commission’s purpose is to make non-binding recommendations to city and county government, non-profit organizations, and other interested agencies concerning the ten-year plan to end homelessness. It also makes similar recommendations on other issues of importance concerning homelessness in our community and oversees progress on the implementation of Destination: Home – The Plan to End Homelessness.

 

http://evansvillehomeless.org/

https://www.facebook.com/evvhomeless/

USI Presents Recommendations at Commission on Homelessness Meeting

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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.

Homeless Memorial Service

Community Homeless Memorial Service

Please join us and our community partners as we remember those who have passed on while being homeless.
Candle Lighting at the Annual Service
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Trinity United Methodist Church
216 SE Third Street, Evansville, IN
More Information:

bealightaurora@auroraevansville.org

812-428-3246

No RSVP required
Homeless Memorial
Aurora invites the community to attend this annual memorial service honoring those who have died while being homeless in our community during this last year

and since 1990.

The National Coalition for the Homeless instituted the practice in 1990 and encourages communities across the nation to remember those who have died because of the day-to-day realities and long-term effects of homelessness. The memorial service is held during the winter months which marks the beginning of a particularly difficult and dangerous time for people who are homeless.

If you are unable to attend the service, please pause for a moment at 5:15 p.m. on December 15 to remember those missing from our community.

Consider attending the Homeless Memorial Service this year as a means of raising awareness of this often-invisible population among us.

Destination: Home Celebration Luncheon December 10, 2015

This is a reminder that our December Commission on Homelessness meeting will be the Destination: Home Celebration Luncheon taking place next Thursday, December 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the CK Newsome Center. We look forward to seeing you there. Please register today by emailing Shayla Osborne at the United Way: sosborne@unitedwayswi.org

In addition, for those with an assigned agency, please contact the Executive Director to invite him or her, as well as members of the organization’s staff and board to attend this event, since their ongoing efforts will be recognized during the program.