Knox County Homeless Task Force combats misconceptions about homelessness

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Knox County organization said they are working to combat misconceptions regarding homelessness.

The Knox County Homeless Task Force was formed last year by representatives from various are non-profits including the United Way of Knox County and the Salvation Army. Their main goal was to provide necessary resources to the homeless to help them get their lives back on track.

“We’re looking at alternatives, programs that could prevent homelessness initially. So we call that the ‘Close The Front Door” committee and then we have ‘Open The Back Door’ committee which is looking at temporary housing or rapid rehousing,” said Mark Hill, Executive Director of the Knox County Way.

The group met this week to create a mission and vision statement moving forward. One mission is to educate the public about the issue.

Captain Laura Lunman with the Knox County Salvation Army said although homelessness in the area isn’t always visible, it does not mean it’s non-existent.

“There’s a lot of people that are one paycheck away from becoming homeless. They’re living and they’re robbing Peter to pay Paul, as you would say,” she said.

She noted the Riverfront Pavilion is one area where the homeless go for shelter.

The Knox County Homeless Task Force meets on a quarterly basis.

The exact number of the homeless population is unknown right now, but the group is working together to get a count of the homeless population in Knox County.

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