Report: Vanderburgh Co. Homelessness at Lowest Point in Four Years

In a report released to area news media on Friday, the Evansville-Vanderburgh Commission on Homelessness announced there was a 17% drop in homelessness.

According to the annual point-in-time count mandated by the US Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), homelessness in Evansville and Vanderburgh has dropped to its lowest level in four years.

This year's count on January 25, 2017 identified 428 individuals experiencing homelessness in the county.

That number is a 17% reduction from the 2016 count of 495 people. It's also the lowest number in four years.

Of the 428 people counted, 56 were considered chronically homeless. That's an improvement from last year's count of 77 people. A person is considered chronically homeless when they are continuously homeless or experience frequent instances of homelessness.

The Evansville-Vanderburgh Commission on Homelessness said factors such as substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence continue to be leading factors which contribute to homelessness in our community. Officials also said this contributes to the amount of people considered 'unsheltered.'

In the 2017 count, 58 people were identified as living outdoors or places not meant for habitation. That's a 71% increase from the 34 people identified in 2016.

(This story was originally published on July 14, 2017)


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