Most Lincoln Estates residents resettled; Brooks suggests "districts" for affordable housing

Jun 26, 2017

Most occupants of Lincoln Estates in Downtown Evansville have found new places to live since the housing complex was sold. 

Many people who lived in the former low-income apartments off Lincoln Avenue received notices that they had broken their leases, in most cases because they were behind paying rent.

The new owner of the complex plans to renovate the apartments and raise the rent. The new rates haven’t been released.

The owner’s attorney, Jeff Wilhite, told reporters none of the occupants has been evicted. He says the staff at Lincoln Estates has "gone out of their way" to help residents find new homes.

Wilhite says 9 residents remain, with 5 of them ready to move out in the next few days.

The head of Memorial Community Development Corporation, Reverend Adrian Brooks, says the move means 108 fewer low-income units in the city.

He suggests the city consider "districts" for affordable housing.

WNIN asked Mayor Lloyd Winnecke what he thought of the idea. He said he needs to see specifics before he could say yesr or no.

City Councilwoman Connie Robinson thanked the community for “coming together” to help residents at Lincoln Estates.