As colder weather begins to blanket the Tri-State, the Commission on Homelessness for Evansville and Vanderburgh County, as well as the United Caring Services announced they are restarting the White Flag emergency homeless shelter program.
Effective Immediately the cold weather program will primarily occur at the C.K. Newsome Center allowing the homeless a safe place to stay during dangerously cold conditions.
Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Executive Director of United Caring Services Jason Emmerson says, United Caring Services needed to be able to conduct the program at a much larger facility, allowing enough room to accommodate more people during peak demand.
U.C.S. officials expect as many as 70 to 80 people would need a place to stay on about 60 nights this winter.
A White Flag status becomes activated when the temperatures drop below 32 degrees for 3 hours or more and will be available between 7:00 PM and 6:00 AM the following morning.
The White Flag Emergency Shelter Program is in its 10th year, providing a place to stay for men, women, and children experiencing homelessness during extreme drops in temperatures.
More information on the program and shelter can be found at www.evansvillehomeless.org