TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– A vote on funding for a multimillion dollar project to bring a diversion center and low income housing units to Terre Haute was tabled at the Vigo County Council meeting on Tuesday.

The request to table the vote came from Myra Wilkey, the CEO of Mental Health America of West Central Indiana, who’s leading the project. It came a week after she came before the council requesting $500,000, causing debate between councilmembers. She said the decision came as they look into other opportunities to receive the money.

“We made that in the best interest of the project,” she said. “I think there is possible other funding sources that we may be eligible for that we did not previously know about. We are going to do our due diligence and look into those funding sources prior to asking for county funds.”

The $500,000 from the county would’ve come from a public safety fund that gets money from taxpayers. Council President Todd Thacker said he was not surprised by the decision to table the vote– and he hopes the extra time they have will help the project come together.

“The thing to me is, I didn’t want this to get in the way of a good project,” he said. “We need to work on and flesh those things out. I was unaware of her timeline, but she’s the one who came and asked, so we graciously granted her request.”

Wilkey did not disclose where the other funding may come from, but she still hopes the city and county can work together to help pay for the project. She said last week they are seeking the remaining $1 million, as they already have raised around $13.7 million. 

“Part of it’s just timing. Getting the city and the county so we can come to this together. I think we can do that a little bit behind the scenes, there’s still a little more work to be done and a couple more meetings probably have to take place, and then we’ll bring them both along, hopefully together,” she said. 

Thacker said he wanted to look into using money from the American Rescue Plan Act to pay for the project, but he had to check with the county commissioners. For Wilkey, she said she still thinks the project is on timeline to break ground this May– the end of a long journey.

“We’re excited that this project is getting close to coming to fruition after three long years,” she said.