New programs help cut use of homeless shelters

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Two Lafayette-area shelters for the homeless say new programs that are sending more people into housing have helped reduce the number of clients this year.

The Mental Health America day shelter served an average of 36 clients per day through June 30. That’s down from 58 a day during the same period in 2012.

The Journal & Courier reports the Lafayette Urban Ministry emergency night shelter also has seen a decline in use.

Advocates say the numbers reflect new low-cost housing programs and lower unemployment rates. But they say it’s difficult to know whether the decline in shelter use means there are fewer homeless people in the Lafayette area because there’s no accurate way to count them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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