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City to Invest Pandemic Relief Funds

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Investments include mental health, housing, and economic development

The city of Evansville will invest American Rescue Plan money in mental health, housing, the aging, and the regional economy. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

The Evansville City Council voted unanimously Monday to use $300,000 in federal pandemic recovery money to a new Crisis Care Center at the United Caring Services building Downtown.

It will offer an alternative to emergency rooms and the county jail for people dealing with mental health crises or substance abuse issues.

Another $150,000 will go to Easterseals to increase its resources to reduce evaluation wait times.

The city will also partner with Southwest Behavioral Health to renovate two spaces to create what Mayor Lloyd Winnecke calls “badly needed mental health services.”

The first is a 20-bed adult residential treatment center. The second is a child and family services neurodevelopmental psychiatry specialty center.

The city also plans to invest in SWIRCA and More, which provides services to the elderly,

The city also will boost funding to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

And the city will collaborate with the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership on Talent 2025, an initiative to increase population and improve the talent base.