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New program focuses on finding housing for Indy's homeless population

Posted: 9:59 PM, Sep 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-26 21:59:27-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis city leaders say there are too many people living on the street and they’ve assembled a team of people whose main goal is to help them find a place to stay.

On any given night, 1,300 people are homeless in the city of Indianapolis.

As part of the new program, Street Outreach teams will help people experiencing homelessness in the downtown area qualify for different housing options. The teams will canvass the areas within a mile of Monument Circle to talk to people who may need help and assist them in applying for housing.

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The initiative is part of a five-year plan announced in July to help combat the city’s homeless population.

Victoria Thompson Hill said she was one of those people at a point in her life. It took working with the Homeless Initiative Program – one of the partners of the city’s newest initiative – to find her housing and get a roof over her head.

“They don’t have phones and stuff where they can contact and find out if there’s housing available,” said Hill. “So something just needs to be done about it.”

The goal of the team is to do something about the problem – whether that means giving people housing vouchers or connecting them with other housing options – they are trying to tackle the homeless problem one person at a time.

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