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.

Lee Interfaith asks Fort Myers to invest $3M annually in affordable housing plan

By WINK News

Faith leaders in Southwest Florida want to help others find more affordable housing options during a time when folks might be struggling to make ends meet due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s something that could also curb crime in neighborhoods.

Lee Interfaith for Empowerment wants to start an affordable housing trust fund to open up thousands of units that would be accessible to those struggling to make ends meet.

City sets up $6M eviction assistance plan to aid during COVID-19

By Jeremy M Lazarus, Richmond Free Press

Janice Lacy had a job she loved transporting elderly and disabled people. But then COVID-19 hit and she was laid off in mid-March after the state of emergency was declared.

Despite daily efforts, promised unemployment checks have yet to flow, and Ms. Lacy has fallen far behind in her bills, including paying her rent and utilities.

Hillsborough begins $20 million affordable housing work

C.T. Bowen, Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA —- Last year, Hillsborough County commissioners said they would budget $10 million to expand affordable housing. Last week, they voted to start spending it.

The commission selected seven private groups to develop both owner-occupied homes and rental units targeting low and very low income tenants as part of a nearly $20 million investment in affordable housing around the county.

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.