Who we are.
The Evansville Network of Diversion, or E.N.D., is a coalition of various local agency members and volunteers who have come together with a common goal – to prevent and divert members of the Tri-State community from experiencing the hardships of homelessness – a problem that is rapidly growing in Southwest Indiana. Through hard work and collaboration, E.N.D. has created a plan and divided itself and its participating agencies into two levels of service providers.
What we do.
Level I providers, or “First Touch” providers are the first point of contact for clients on the brink of homelessness. These providers assist clients who are able to articulate and solve their crisis relatively quickly with little assistance. For example, this client may be someone needs a little extra help paying this month’s rent or someone who can stay with a close friend or relative free of charge until they are back on their feet.
Level II providers assist clients who may be experiencing a great deal of trauma and need to have a deeper conversation with said provider or a partner agency member to collaboratively and creatively define solutions to their personal housing crisis. This may look like a mother who not only needs a safe place for herself to stay, but a safe place for her children a well.
Why do we do it?
Homelessness touches far more people in your community than you may think. The statistics below show the shocking evidence.
- During last year’s annual point-in-time count of local homelessness, conducted Jan. 25, 2017 during evening and overnight hours, 428 people were identified as experiencing homelessness in Vanderburgh County.
- Among those 428 people identified, 56 were considered chronically homeless. In other words, they are continuously homeless or experience frequent instances of homelessness.
- In the same point-in-time count, 58 people were identified as living outdoors or in places not meant for habitation.
- According to last year’s national point-in-time count, there are an estimated 553,742 people in the United States experiencing homelessness on any given night.
For more Information.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a housing crisis, please call us at 211. If you would like to know more about E.N.D., stay up to date on our progress and events or make a donation, please visit evansvillehomeless.org/end or like us on Facebook Facebook.com/evvnetworkofdiversion