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.
Why is homelessness an issue in our community?
The housing wage in Greater Lafayette (the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest apartment) is the fifth-highest in the state of Indiana. Combine this with our guests’ lack of a safety net if they lose their job, and it’s understandable why there’s a housing crisis here.
Along with financial issues, guests may struggle with addiction, physical health issues, or mental illness. These circumstances make it difficult to survive everyday life and find stability.
Some of our guests may also find themselves or their children in an abusive situation. While they should definitely leave that dangerous situation, they might not know where to turn next.
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:
- Homeless Services Program (HSP)
- Rapid Re-Housing (RRH)
- Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
- Day Resource Center
- Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
- Engagement Center
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
211, or a shelter like Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM), will likely direct you to LTHC—especially if you’re in need of long-term services.
How has LTHC helped guests?
Here are some statistics about the guests we served from October 2016 to September 2017. And, we’ve helped many more since then!
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)Our SSVF program served 76 American military veterans.
Over 40% of our veteran guests had a disabling condition.
88% of the veterans who completed the SSVF 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 ServiceThe 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