City of Evansville holds meeting to address homelessness

City of Evansville holds meeting to address homelessness
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 3:30 PM CDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 11:01 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville area officials unveiled their 10-year plan to address homelessness in the area on Thursday night.

The Department of Metropolitan Development and the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Commission on Homelessness hosted the meeting.

Their last plan was laid out in 2012, and Gayl Killough presented the new one with updated goals.

“This is more the bigger picture,” Killough said. “Now we’re trying to do more prevention and housing stability.”

The plan is essentially a list of goals.

Their main points look to tackle issues like rising rent costs, the city’s disproportionate lack of low-cost housing, and focusing on groups that make up a larger proportion of the city’s unhoused population.

She said those goals will need to be addressed in many different ways.

“The ideal is really just to have a community response,” she said.

Zac Heronemus with Aurora explained that a community response and more resources could make their plans more practical now than in the past.

He also said that having those plans laid out with specific goals makes it easier to present information to encourage funding for community projects.

The full list of goals is shown below:

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