MHA Day Shelter will close its doors

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County is closing its day shelter that serves people dealing with homelessness.

The closure was among the changes announced Thursday by the Board of Trustees. The agency is reallocating resources to have a stronger focus on mental health education, including expanding the Mental Health First Aid programs and mentoring program.

CEO Jennifer Flora said it costs about $170,000 annually to run the shelter and the money isn’t there.

“We do serve an average of 53 different individuals per day. We provide safe shelter. We provided meals, shower facilities, laundry facilities, mailing address, [and] a phone number that they can put on job applications,” said Flora.

Flora said the shelter will close by Sept.1, 2014. She said Mental Health America will work with the city and other agencies to find services for those who are homeless.

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