The Challenging Condition of Housing in Evansville


Did you know there is no shortage of people in our community who are in need of help with maintaining their homes?

  • Over 50% of all homes in Evansville were built before 1951, and half of those were built before 1939.
  • Over 15% of Vanderburgh County residents live below the poverty line.
  • Of households, nearly 17,000 are elderly and over 6,000 are single-parent.

Homeowners in Evansville's center city neighborhoods often need help with routine repairs and maintenance to keep their homes in good condition, but simply cannot perform the work themselves or afford to hire acontractor to complete the work. A helping hand from a loving neighbor is needed!

We currently have over 120 home repair projects posted on our website waiting for volunteers. Do you know how to fix a broken window? Would you like to bless an elderly homeowner by helping clean up their yard? Do you have time to clean a neighbor's gutters?

These are just a few ways our volunteers can demonstrate Jesus' love in a tangible way while transforming our community as a whole - join us today! For more information, please email us or call 812-250-6888.

The Restoration Run is April 1 - Join the Race to Restore Our City!


Online registration is now open for the annual Community One Restoration Run 5K/10K! Kick off the Spring season with this timed 5K/10K event that will take place on Saturday, April 1 at Crossroads Christian Church at 10800 Outer Lincoln Avenue in Newburgh.

The Restoration Run's goal is to raise awareness of housing needs in our city. Proceeds from this year's event will directly benefit our home repair program - providing tools and materials for volunteer-based housing repair projects that restore homes and bring hope to our neighbors all across our city.

This is a timed event and medals will be awarded for the top 5K/10K run finishers in each age / gender bracket. Other event-day opportunities include a 1-Mile Walk and a 5K Walk.

Get all the details and register today at!

611 Jefferson Avenue Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - September 27, 2016


We are thrilled to be dedicating the recently renovated home at 611 Jefferson Avenue in Evansville's Tepe Park neighborhood on Tuesday, September 27. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM. The public is invited to attend.

This renovation project is part of a growing initiative to bring housing restoration to the Tepe Park neighborhood, which has some of the highest rates of vacant and distressed housing in the city of Evansville.

The volunteers and supporters of Community One are excited to restore this home and to offer decent, affordable housing in this neighborhood. We believe the renovation of 611 Jefferson Avenue also marks the start of a renewed vision for housing in the Tepe Park neighborhood, and that in the coming years it will be followed by a combination of blight removal, housing restoration, and new housing construction--by Community One and other housing partners and agencies--that will bless and uplift this neighborhood.

Funding for this project was provided by donations from Vectren Corporation, the City of Evansville Endowment Fund, private donors, and with proceeds from the sale of homes previously renovated by Community One.

This home was restored by volunteers from Crossroads Christian Church with professional serves donated or discounted by Advanced Disposal, Benny's Flooring, SWAT Pest, Lampton Home Improvements, Alside, Guttertech, Kight Home Center, Ridge Nursery, Sherwin Williams Paints, Simms Painting, American Windows, Mike's Flooring, Home Depot, Hahn Brothers Drywall, John Lehman Contracting, Boyd Electric, and Gary's Plumbing.

This home willbe sold to qualified homebuyers with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. For details, please contact Community One at 812-250-6888 or

Mary Street Housing Project Groundbreaking Ceremony - July 28, 2016


Community One is pleased to announce the groundbreaking celebration of the Mary Street Housing Revitalization Project on Thursday, July 28. The event will begin at 10:00 AM and will include a groundbreaking ceremony with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the Executive Directors of Community One, HOPE of Evansville and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville. The public is invited to attend.

The Mary Street Housing Revitalization Project is an exciting initiative of the newly-formed collaborative group called HOUSE (Housing Organizations United Serving Evansville). The project combines the unique resources and capabilities of local housing organizations working together to remove blight and develop new affordable housing through a combination of new housing construction and the renovation of existing vacant housing.

"The Mary Street project is a great example of what can be done when we work together. This project showcases how the City of Evansville, private housing agencies, and community funders can all work together to have a significant impact in the effort to remove blight and restore decent, affordable housing inthe Jacobsville neighborhood and all over our city. This is collaboration at its very best." said Eric Cummings, Executive Director at Community One.

Community One is the sponsoring agency for the project, coordinating the housing agency partnerships, site acquisition, and demolition of the blighted structures. Community One will also be restoring an existing vacant home at the site. HOPE of Evansville and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville will be constructing new affordable homes on the site once the existing blighted homes are removed.

Kelley Coures, Executive Director of Evansville's Department of Metropolitan Development, added "This project is a great example of public and private partnership in re-purposing blighted properties for new housing in Evansville. We anticipate more projects like this thanks to collaborative groups like HOUSE and the development of the Evansville Land Bank."

Community One Golf Outing - October 7, 2016


Join us for the 2016 Community One Golf Outing on Friday, October 7 at Cambridge Golf Course for a great day of early-autumn golf and fun!

This year's event includes great hole-in-one prizes at all of the course par 3 holes, including a chance to win $10,000! Other competitive games include Closest to the Line, Closest to the Hole and Longest Putt. Visit our golf website for all the details!

Here's How to Participate (select one):

Schedule of Events:
Registration Opens: 11:00 AM
- Lunch is served: 11:15 AM
- Golf Starts: 12:00 noon
- Awards: Immediately following golf

Registration Includes:
Lunch & Refreshments
- Greens Fees & Cart Rental
- Competitive Games & Prizes
- Helping Restoring Our City!

Your Participation & Sponsorship Makes a Difference
In supporting the Community One Golf Outing, you are directly contributing to the restoration of housing in our city.
But more importantly, you are bringing hope to people who have great needs that they cannot meet themselves.
Helping people simply because they need help is the essence of "loving your neighbor as yourself." It brings hope to people and it's at the heart of everything we do.

Our volunteer-based restoration work touches lives in countless ways, including providing peace of mind in having decent shelter, relieving the pressure of code enforcement actions, reducing blight, providing relief from high utility costs due to poor weatherization, increasing the value and durability of homes and inspiring others to repair and maintain their homes.

We also bring hope to families by transforming vacant dilapidated housing into high-quality, energy-efficient affordable housing in neighborhoods that need renewal.

We appreciate your support, and we invite you to learn more about Community One and how you can join us in...
Restoring Homes. Restoring Neighborhoods. Restoring HOPE.

Have event questions? Please email Paula Wurmnest or call at 812-250-6888. Thank you!

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