A rally was held Wednesday in response to a petition at Indiana University aimed at blocking the homeless from People’s Park.
According to a recent count, there are approximately 340 homeless individuals in Bloomington right now.
The Bloomington Police Department says it's seeing an increase in reports of panhandling and violence downtown.
The count was taken on Jan. 27 as required by the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development.
Commenters suggested creating a year-round homeless shelter, more police downtown and getting more money to existing programs that deal with homeless people.
A recent survey shows Indiana’s homeless population has dropped 2 percent since last year.
The Shalom Center is working with 25 residents at the Crawford Apartments through a permanent supportive housing model.
The count shows there are more than 6,000 homeless people in Indiana – veterans make up 12 percent of that total.
The Indiana Housing and Community and Development Authority is launching a new tool that aims to better match homeless people with the services they need.
The South Central Housing Network plans to create a proposal at the end of its three-day series of meetings.