Burton defends amendment to shift funds to housing; others say it ‘defunds’ police

By John T. Martin, Evansville Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. —The Evansville City Council sparred Monday over how to best meet public safety and affordable housing needs for 2021, at a time when revenues are challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

An amendment to Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s budget proposal for next year authored by Council President Alex Burton was a lightning rod and led to allegations that Burton sought to “defund” police.

In virtual rally, Evansville church network calls for crime analysis and action on housing, mental health

John T. Martin, Evansville Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE — A network of Evansville churches is calling for an outside group to analyze local crime patterns, with the goal of making neighborhoods safer.

Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment also wants continuing local emphasis on affordable housing solutions and teen mental health.

In virtual rally, CAJE calls for crime analysis and action on housing, mental health

May 12, 2020. Evansville Courier & Press.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A network of Evansville churches is calling for an outside group to analyze local crime patterns, with the goal of making neighborhoods safer.

Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment also wants continuing local emphasis on affordable housing solutions and teen mental health.

CAJE normally conducts a spring rally, attended by the group’s congregations, with local government officials as invited guests. The group calls the event its Nehemiah Action rally. 

Local groups work to bring attention to affordable housing crisis in Posey County

March 7, 2019. WFIE 14 News.

POSEY COUNTY, IN (WFIE) – Officials in Posey County are calling the lack of affordable housing a “crisis” in the community.

On Thursday, members of non-profit Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment met to discuss immediate plans for fixing the issue.