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Evansville Shelter's White Flag Program Near Capacity Every Night

The United Caring Service in Evansville says its White Flag program has been near capacity every night.

Posted: Dec 3, 2021 8:44 AM
Updated: Dec 3, 2021 8:55 AM

The United Caring Service in Evansville says its White Flag program has been near capacity every night.

Just this winter, the shelter decided to make the program available nightly from Dec. 1 through February of 2022. 

The White Flag program was enhanced due in part to the changes and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to UCS, Aurora's "48 Hours in the Life: The Homeless Experience Project," where local leaders experienced homelessness first hand, also contributed to the creation of the improved White Flag program.

UCS Executive Director Jason Emmerson says that he believes an increase in homelessness in the community is also contributing to the number of individuals participating in the shelter's program.

"November was atypical, we had 11 white flag nights, typically we have two or three - and we saw use increase," Emmerson said. "Now that it is every night - maybe it's increasing because we're having it every night - but also there is, anecdotally speaking, there is an increase in homelessness in our community."

Before UCS decided to make its White Flag program available for December through February, Typically, the program was only available when temperatures dipped below freezing overnight.

Even before the nightly service began on Dec. 1, UCS operated the program for three nights last week as temperatures dropped, serving 21 people each night. 

Due to social distancing measures, the program’s capacity is 45 people.

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Wow!!!! It's cold!!!! After a trace of snow in Evansville and some highe amounts to the south, we're waking up to temperatures in the mid to upper teens across the Tri-State. Thankfully, road crews did a fantastic job treating the roads to keep conditions from getting slick. However, the northerly winds gusting as high as 15 to 20 mph has dropped wind chill values into the single digits and even below zero in our western communities. There won't be much of an improvement in temperatures this afternoon. With the strong northerly wind flow and dry skies our highs will only reach the mid to upper 20s. Winds will stay quite breezy keeping the wind chill factor in place through the day.
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