MHA Day Shelter will close its doors

Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County. (WLFI File Photo)
Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County. (WLFI File Photo)

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. 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, off topic, 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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