City of Evansville to conduct count of homeless population

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — On Jan. 27-28, Evansville will conduct its annual
Point-in-Time (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness in the community, including
sheltered and unsheltered homeless men, women, children and families.

Several organizations, including Aurora, are helping with the count, which begins Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at CK Newsome Center, and resumes and concludes the morning of Thursday, January 28. CK Newsome Center is the community’s White Flag Emergency Shelter.

Once the count at CK Newsome Center concludes, Aurora’s Homeless Outreach Team will continue by car and on foot to check locations where they have observed homeless clients living (building steps, abandon homes, wooded areas, under bridges, etc.) to ensure these individuals are counted.

“The thing we’re most proud of is chronic homelessness did go down by 36 or 37 individuals, which is huge. Those are our most vulnerable people, people that are hardest to house. And we also know that is 100% due to the increase in permanent supportive housing which is income-based housing with case management,” said Natasha Goodge, homeless outreach team lead.

The annual point-in-time count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) for communities receiving its funds for programs to aid people
experiencing homelessness.

(This story was originally published on January 27, 2021)

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