PATH Outreach Program works to get homeless off the streets during extreme cold

Lafayette’s PATH Street Homeless Outreach team has been working to get people shelter as soon as possible.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 7:22 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2019 11:02 AM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As temperatures drop below zero, Lafayette’s PATH Street Homeless Outreach team has been working to get people shelter as soon as possible.

Kurt Harker is a case manager with PATH Outreach, an organization under Valley Oaks Health. He’s been traveling to popular places where homeless people gather to make sure they’re supplied with food and other basic needs.

“We are out in the community and we are making contact with individuals who are homeless,” said Harker. “We're trying to reach basic needs first of all and we're trying to nurture a relationship with them so that we can assist them with the bigger things down the road.”

Lafayette Transitional Housing and Lafayette Urban Ministry are the main resources for the homeless. But Harker said for some, those aren’t an option.

“Some people are taken care of because they can go to LTHC and go to LUM, there are other people who have been banned from those places and it's usually because of some behavioral issue that they just weren't allowed to stay there anymore,” said Harker.

With temperatures becoming deadly, Harker said he's been busy these past few days, getting people placed.

“They've been sleeping under a bridge or they've been sleeping in a parking garage and so they've been okay in you know, reasonable temperatures but in unreasonable temperatures, they're not gonna be okay,” said Harker.

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