Michigan City looks for answer to question of homelessness

2013-10-14T14:25:00Z 2013-10-14T20:02:12Z Michigan City looks for answer to question of homelessnessStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 14, 2013 2:25 pm  • 

Instead of shuffling the homeless from shelter to shelter, Michigan City officials are looking at the possibility of having a more stable place that also helps get people without a home back on their feet.

A task force consisting of community leaders and citizens has been formed to address better ways of serving the homeless.

Dean Uminski, interim executive director of the Economic Development Corp. of Michigan City, said strong consideration is being given to create one homeless shelter where people can live for a longer period of time and receive the instruction needed to become more self-sufficient.

Currently, the homeless go from shelter to shelter available at churches and other groups.

''None of them provide for what we consider to be a semi permanent place or a place where they can get extensive case management,'' said Uminski.

Uminski said the task force working through the EDC is tackling homelessness and other issues as part of an overall strategy for positive change in areas like the local economy.

Uminski did not know when a decision will be made on the possible homeless shelter.

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