EVANSVILLE, Ind. – (WEHT) In an annual Luncheon for the Homeless in Evansville, the Commission for Homelessness announced a nearly 70 percent decrease in homelessness since 2015.
Factors including drug abuse and housing affordability led to a 12 percent increase in people going to shelters last year. Mental health and domestic violence are also key factors. Officials say with additional resources and community support, those numbers should continue to decrease.
“We’ve made tremendous progress over the last five years I would say in reducing the chronic homeless population. We’ve gone from over 100 chronically homeless people living on the street to just 35 this year and we have plans in place to reduce that even further,” said Aurora Executive Director Timothy Weir.
A rapid rehousing program grant for $150,000 will be used to help domestic violence victims with housing and employment.
(This story was originally published on December 12, 2019)