Hundreds walk downtown to raise funds for homeless programs

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – People walked through downtown Lafayette Sunday afternoon as part of the tenth annual Greater Lafayette Homeward Bound Walk.

The event promoted awareness and raised funds for local affordable housing service agencies. Funds go toward providing basic services like clothing, food and shelter for those in need.

Lafayette Transitional Housing executive director Jennifer Layton says with declining government funding for such services in recent years, support from community members is even more critical.

“The need has exploded quite frankly over the ten years that we’ve been doing this for people seeking any type of assistance, whether it’s shelter or food assistance,” Layton said. “We’ve got people in our community that need our help,”

Layton added that Sunday’s event was a great way to support the cause.

“Homelessness is a community issue. And so, this is a great way for families in our community to really get involved, show their support and donate directly to these five agencies. All the money stays right here with these agencies so it’s really a win-win,” Layton said.

The Salvation Army, Rainbow Haven, HomesteadCS, Lafayette Transitional Housing and Family Promise were all participants this year.

Donations can still be made on Homeward Bound Indiana’s website.

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