Federal housing funding cut has been by hundreds of thousand of dollars for three Evansville agencies that help the homeless find homes.
These groups now could be on the verge of collapse.
“I hope it doesn’t happen that we have to close our doors,” says Connie Ralph with Goodwill Family Center, “we haven’t made a decision about that yet.”
For more than a decade, Aurora, YWCA, and Goodwill, have received money from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, better known as HUD funding.
Now the government is moving that money elsewhere, shifting focus from temporary housing to more permanent solutions across the country.
“We did not expect to completely lose funding,” Ralph says, “particularly now for all three of our programs all at the same time.”
These agencies need $162,000 to make it to the end of the year.
Local leaders meet Thursday to iron out fundraising plans, and officials say it’s going well. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says $60,000 has already been raised.
But if a long term source of funding cannot be secured, the homeless housing groups fear the worst.
“If we cannot replace those funds, we may have some tough decisions we have to make,” says Erika Taylor, CEO of the YWCA.
Evansville has than 450 homeless people and officials say that number will likely swell to nearly 500 when the latest count is released this year.
If you’d like to donate, you can use the Commission on Homelessness’ online form or mail a check to Vanderburgh Community Foundation with ‘Homelessness’ in the memo line.
Send your check to Vanderburgh Community Foundation, 401 SE 6th Street, Evansville, IN 47708.