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Indianapolis Panel Looks For Homelessness Solutions

The homeless population in Marion County appears the largest it's been in four years.

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Leaders say there are more than 1,500 homeless people in Marion County.

Dozens of Indianapolis community leaders are drafting a new 10-year plan to combat homelessness, as the number of those without permanent residences rises to its highest level since 2007. The community summit on homelessness estimates more than 1,500 people in Marion County are homeless. Tim Joyce, executive director of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, says the struggling economy has created a greater need for support services as well.

“What you really also need, perhaps more than ever, is those services that kind of support people who, for whatever reason, don‘t have their housing,” Joyce says. “When they do get it back, do they have their utilities turned on? Do they have appropriate transportation to get to or from where they need to go?”

A draft of the new 10-year plan will be issued on November 11, followed by a public comment meeting on November 22. A final plan will be issued December 15.

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