TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — On Thursday night, the Vigo County Courtyard was somber as songs and prayers were said aloud, honoring lives lost due to homelessness.
It was hosted by the Homeless Council of the Wabash Valley.
For John Burk, Director of Veteran Services with Reach Services, he choose to attend for personal reasons.
“Some of those names on the list I’ve worked with directly. Homelessness is a problem that needs to be fixed,” He added.
All of the lives lost, including those from Vigo County, are from an area known as Region 7. Around five homeless people lost their lives last year.
According to a survey, last summer an estimated 367 people were identified as homeless.
That full report can be found below.
Numerous factors have been cited as contributors to homelessness, including drug use and mental health.
Moving forward, local leaders are calling for more community collaboration.
Reach Services’ Pathway Center is hoping to open later this year. The center will provide a variety of resources and give residents an address to use.
“We’re all one problem or negative incident away from being in the same boat they’re [homeless] in. Homelessness is a problem and we all have to come together to solve,” Burk added.