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Mayor, others to live on the streets for two days


With Evansville having the highest population per capita of homeless individuals in the state, a dozen community leaders will spend 48 hours experiencing homelessness in Evansville this week to raise awareness of the issues. 

Credit Steve Burger / WNIN
Zac Heronemus, Executive Director Aurora of Evansville

Aurora of Evansville is hosting “Homeless Experience Project- 48 Hours in the Life”, a fundraiser and awareness campaign. Starting Thursday at noon, community leaders such as Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and State Representative Ryan Hatfield will spend two days trying to secure basic needs like housing and food in Evansville. Aurora Executive Director Zac Heronemus says the goal is to raise awareness.

“Often times, our population is effectively invisible to the vast majority of residents in our community. Being able to do a greater job in shining a light on the population that we serve, helping to break the stereotypes.”

Heronemus says the plan is to have participants spend at least one night on the street during the event, but cold weather may force them indoors.

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