SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Navigating the homeless issues within the metropolis of South Bend has been a protracted course of, dealt with many hurdles and lack of assets. In effort to attempt to break down these boundaries, Mayor Mueller fashioned the Homelessness Implementation Group in August of 2020.
“We all know that homelessness is a type of points that’s multifaceted and intensely difficult to deal with and so we have to a make sure that that we’ve group options and have all of the related individuals who can help us as we transfer a technique ahead,” South Bend Mayor James Mueller mentioned.
For the a number of months, Mayor Mueller and his group, have come collectively to create the most effective methods to deliver extra assist to the homeless group.
“If you’re left on the streets it’s laborious so that you can absolutely attain your potential,” Mayor Mueller mentioned.
On Monday night, the housing group introduced a listing of 4 suggestions to South Bend Widespread Council. The primary advice, everlasting supportive housing methods. The town of South Bend, solely having one everlasting supportive housing improvement as of now, so this advice, is designed for folks who’ve a tough time accessing providers and convey extra to the world.
The second, a housing belief fund. Funding for improvement, can be minimal and restricted within the metropolis. Having everlasting funds would create a secure system of housing assets to any homeless particular person.
The third, an advocacy marketing campaign. This may include a group to go to neighborhoods and different locations like church buildings with academic shows about homeless points. All of this, to assist debunk any false myths about homelessness.
Final however not least, the fourth advice, is having a homeless supervisor to work solely on homeless points within the metropolis.
Over the previous yr, the quantity of homeless folks within the county have spiked. Mayor Mueller says, in line with current knowledge, there’s over 500 homeless folks now in St. Joseph County.
“When the numbers seem like they’re growing. As we’re attempting to handle the problems we’ve at the moment that simply compounds the issue as a result of it’s rising over time,” Mayor Mueller mentioned.
So, getting these suggestions authorized can be a serious step in the direction of offering them the assistance they should reside.
“Housing is one thing that is a primary want. Like meals water and shelter is true there and we have to work to get our residents right into a protected and sheltered setting, not for their very own good however for the nice of the group as effectively,” Mayor Mueller mentioned.
The suggestions haven’t been authorized simply but, however in the approaching months the housing group will go to the widespread council once more to hopefully have all of it set in stone.