LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Dozens of people are sleeping on the streets Saturday night to bring awareness to the homeless crisis in Greater Lafayette.
Trinity United Methodist Church is partnered with PATH Street Outreach to put on the event. People with and without permanent housing are in attendance.
The event is happening in the Trinity United Methodist Church parking lot. Event-goers had the option to bring tents, sleeping bags, blankets and cardboard boxes to make resting a little more comfortable. Coordinators are providing food and activities for people to learn more about the homeless population in the area.
Purdue's PATH Street Team Director Robin Murphy said this kind of hands-on learning experience is beneficial.
“You can see it with your own eyes but once you truly experience it, this isn't even close to the real thing but once you have a little taste of the experience it kind of changes your mindset,” said Murphy.
According to Murphy, there are 1,600 to 2,000 people using the Greater Lafayette homeless resources a year.
The camp out will go on until 6 a.m. Sunday.