Community gathers to remember the homeless

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The Wabash Valley community rallies together in times of need, but one group Thursday night says we need to acknowledge and remember those who are normally forgotten.

11 names were read off Thursday night in Terre Haute City Hall, then a countdown began. 

The number of unnamed homeless residents was 3, but in total 14 homeless died while living on the streets in Vigo county. 

“To get the awareness out there that there is an issue here in our community of homelessness and that we are not just turning our heads,” Chair of the Homeless Council Danielle Elkins said.  

Residents and community leaders gathered to pay their respects in the first Homeless Persons Memorial Day Vigil.  

During the vigil hymns were sung, prayers given, and success stories were shared.  

“The issue is becoming larger,” Elkins said. “We are seeing them on park benches, in front of local business, I mean the waiting list for shelters are huge.”          

According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness more than 5,000 people are homeless in the state of Indiana.  

Here in the Wabash Valley the number of homeless people has climbed.  

It’s a hard number to determine but in 2017 a little over 150 people were considered homeless in Vigo county. 

Community members are hopeful that in the future there will be a day and night center where homeless can seek shelter.      

“Well our hope is to get people housed adequately, especially the chronically homeless,” Elkins said. “We want to get them promptly housed and shorter days in shelters.”  

If you or someone you know need assistance you can contact 211 or the Bethany House. 
 

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