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Get the facts about homelessness—and how we’re working to end it.

For donors, volunteers, and community members, we understand that there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding homelessness. For our guests, we know that you may not know what to do, or you may be overwhelmed by trying to choose the right service.

That’s why LTHC Homeless Services is here to help you understand the facts about homelessness, how it affects people, and what we’re doing to end (not just manage) it.

How does homelessness affect children?

While homelessness negatively affects our adult guests, it can be especially devastating for children.

We encourage guests, especially those with school-aged children, to visit us for an assessment so that we can help them make decisions that will be best for the kids.


Have two or more developmental delays.

Get sick twice or more every month.

Worry about their own physical safety.
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Why is homelessness an issue in our community?

Homelessness is a problem in Greater Lafayette, and virtually all communities, because of the lack of affordable housing. Without enough opportunities for individuals and families to be able to afford housing, we will continue to see the horrible consequence of homelessness. LTHC will continue to work with community partners to create opportunities for housing, however, we cannot do this work alone. The community must recognize that every sector has a role in addressing this growing crisis. 

Without enough access to affordable housing, people will continue to struggle with housing insecurity. When you factor in issues such as physical and mental health issues, substance use disorder, abusive relationships, unemployment or underemployment, transportation, etc., the challenges to sustainable housing quickly become out of control. 

Being without housing is traumatic. People in trauma make bad decisions, have poor follow-through, do not keep commitments, and are easily victimized. Please remember that the next time you meet an unhoused neighbor -- they are having a much worse day than you are, guaranteed. 

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When guests call, what questions do they ask?

If you or someone you love is experiencing a housing crisis, you’re probably overwhelmed and have lots of questions. Here are answers to a few of the most common questions we get.

What should I do first?

We first invite our guests to visit us for an assessment with a case manager. Guests will describe their situation and housing crisis, and the case manager will help guests determine which program and resources work best for them.

What resources are available to me?

Once guests speak with a case manager about their situation, he or she will provide a list of programs and services, including:

Our guests also have access to a variety of agencies for housing and supportive services.

Who else should I call?

Guests can also call 211 (the social services version of 911) if they’re in a housing emergency. They can ask the operator for Indiana or Tippecanoe County options, and the operator can pull up the following information:

  • Cities, counties, and zip codes
  • Food pantry hours, addresses, and rules
  • Shelter hours, addresses, and rules

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  • Services for Veteran Families (SVF)

    Our SVF program served 76 American military veterans.
    Over 40% of our veteran guests had a disabling condition.
    88% of the veterans who completed the SVF program had permanent or supportive housing, and 81% had income.
  • Rapid Re-Housing (RRH)

    77 families and 78 individuals completed the RRH program.
    79% of those who entered the program came from homeless shelters or places not meant for living.
    The average stay in the RRH program was 115 days.
    97% of those who completed the RRH program had housing, and 81% had income.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

    Our three PSH locations served 71 adults.
    100% of our PSH guests had a physical and/or mental health issue.
    16 individuals finished the PSH program and left with their own permanent housing.
    44% of our residents at the Lincoln Center and Eighth Street Commons began to earn income with LTHC.
    PSH’s Family Program provided services to 17 adults and 32 children.
    Three families left the Family Program, and 100% of them had housing and income.
  • Homeless Services Program (HSP)

    We served 1,620 people: 1,072 adults and 429 children.
    We served 30,000 meals—about 98 meals each day!
  • General Service

    The average age of our guests is 28.5 years old.
    We were able to serve 1,851 total individuals thanks to our volunteers, donors, and community members.
    533 of those were children (a 94% increase from the previous year)
    277 families (a 57% increase from the previous year) added to that 1,851
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Ready to help us end homelessness in our community?


1. Learn more about homelessness in your community.

2. Come in for a tour to learn about volunteer and donation opportunities.

3. Be part of the solution to end our guests’ homelessness.

1. Learn more about homelessness in your community.

2. Come in for a tour to learn about volunteer and donation opportunities.

3. Be part of the solution to end our guests’ homelessness.

Be Part of the Solution