TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Homelessness is on the rise in the Greater Lafayette Area, and the Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is looking to boost awareness this week about hunger and homelessness in our community.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week has been recognized for more than a decade.
So far this year, LTHC has helped about 1,800 homeless people in Tippecanoe County, about 500 of whom were children. That’s up 58 percent from last year.
The center, located at 615 N. 18th St., Suite 102, in Lafayette, hosts three meals a day and allows the homeless to shower and wash clothes.
Daily donation drives will be taking place this week to help even more people in the community.
“It’s a great way for people to kind of think about, ‘Hey we really do have homeless people in our community,'” explained LTHC executive director Jennifer Layton. “There are things that everyone can do to help us help them.”
On Monday, Nov. 14, the center is collecting mittens, gloves and handwarmers. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, a canned food drive will take place. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the center is accepting donations of winter clothes and bedding. On Thursday, Nov. 17, the center will accept donations in the form of pots and pans. On Friday, Nov. 18, the donations of toiletries and hygiene products will be accepted.
For more information on how you can help the hungry and homeless in our community, click here.