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Evansville city leaders prepare for Homeless Experience Project

Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 6:12 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - More than 400 people experience homelessness in Evansville each year, so city leaders are holding an event in November to raise awareness.

During the event called “The Homeless Experience Project: 48 hours in the Life,” 11 city leaders will be on the streets of Evansville for two days to better understand what Aurora clients go through on a daily basis.

Jaimie Sheth is one of the people participating in the project.

“I am the founder of the JD Sheth Foundation, which is a global nonprofit,” Sheth said. “We’ve worked in 12 countries and we have a domestic focus here in Evansville.”

Sheth, along with other city leaders like Mayor Winnecke, Evansville Police Assistant Chief Phil Smith, CEOs and representatives, will get a unique backstory along with a number of challenges and scenarios they will have to navigate on the streets of Evansville during the 48 hours.

“Somebody that’s homeless, you don’t know what it’s like out there, you don’t know what the dangers are,” Sheth said. “So safety is definitely an issue, but I have no doubt Aurora will take care of us.”

Aurora officials say the event will raise money for their center, and United Caring Services for their white flag nights.

For Sheth, she says it will raise awareness for something she doesn’t have to experience every day.

“If you understand what the issues are, even though you’re going to go home to a home, it’s going to be in the back of your mind that this is an issue,” she said.

Sheth says Evansville has the highest per capita homeless population in the whole state.

“When you understand, you care more, and when you care more you want to make real sustainable change,” she said.

The event will end with a closing ceremony where participants will reflect on what they learned during the experience.

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