Area homeless down 10 percent from last year

According to the Point-In-Time Homeless Count from January 2017, homeless numbers are down 10 percent in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017 4:54 PM
Updated: Dec. 7, 2017 5:15 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — According to the Point-In-Time homeless count from January 2017, homeless numbers are down 10 percent in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

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Lafayette Transitional Housing Executive Director Jennifer Layton said this is a good sign. She said this means people are finding housing and staying off the streets.

Layton said the numbers look good but there's still a lot of work to do.

"How do we do even better? How do we continue to move the needle," Layton said. "Really see about shifting resources and creating new housing opportunities. What can we do? Because, honestly, we have a lot of folks."

Layton said it's now time to focus on those who need the most help.

"For somebody who has some income, it's going to be easier for us to help find them housing pretty quickly. We have landlords that will partner with us and partner with folks and make sure that they're in housing. But for people who don't have income, that's a challenge," Layton said.

Over the past five years, overall homelessness is down 30 percent in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. This includes 65 percent fewer homeless veterans.

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