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.