LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Thanks to new funding Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is planning to build 40 new living units for homeless people.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $390,000 to LTHC for the project. Currently, in Greater Lafayette, there are 74 homeless people on a waiting list for this type of living assistance.
LTHC Executive Director Jennifer Layton said giving at least 40 homeless people at a time a place to live is a big win for the community.
"Over the last few years, we've been really working on doing a better job of ending homelessness and not just managing homelessness. So by creating additional resources, additional housing - there's a way to end homelessness and that's through housing," said Layton.
In addition to the new funding, the Department of Housing and Urban Development also renewed $233,000 of continued funding for LTHC that helps homeless families.
Layton said they helped 1600 people last year. And with people needing various levels of help, funding like this goes a long way.
"There's other people that really need permanent supportive housing, people that just can't do housing on their own where they have some continued barriers and challenges and so they need some care plus housing. We have to focus on all of those things in order to actually end homelessness for people in our community," said Layton.
LTHC is still working on finding a location and time to start construction. More details on the new facility are expected to come out this spring.