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Shelter Plus Care receives funding

The state is awarding Lafayette another year of funding to help the chronically homeless find permanent housing.

It comes from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and goes to Shelter Plus Care. The program helps those with a mental illness or substance abuse problem.

Adam Murphy with the city’s Community Development Department says the $142,560 will provide rental assistance to 20 people.

“This program provides a way for homeless service providers to have an outcome for folks in a shelter or someone we find on the street, to get housing and receive case management and get to the next level.”

Wabash Center handles case management for the clients. Murphy says other service providers help identify homeless people who also have a mental health or substance abuse problem.

“You have to prove they’re chronically homeless, which means that they’re either homeless for the last year or four times in the last three years,” he says. “To really prove that you have to go with local numbers, so it really works out that these are local folks getting planted in permanent housing.”

Fifty people have entered the Shelter Plus Care program over the past five years. Murphy says 39 of them have been successful in finding stable housing through the program.

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