VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners approved contributing $10,000 in local income tax money during each of the next two years to hire a part-time person to implement a 10-year plan to help end homelessness locally.
The job will be based out of Housing Opportunities and will be responsible for coordinating the necessary communications and serving as a spokesperson, HO Chief Executive Officer Caroline Shook said.
The city of Valparaiso, Porter County Community Foundation and United Way of Porter County have also agreed to contribute $10,000 over each of the next two years to help reach the goal of raising $50,000 for each of the two years, foundation President Barb Young said
The Portage Redevelopment Commission will also be asked to contribute $10,000 and $5,000 commitments are in the works from the trustees in Portage and Center townships, she said.
The plan No Place Like Home lays a foundation to retool and refine the Porter County system for helping the homeless to most effectively prevent homelessness and quickly get housing for people who are affected.
The plan's vision is that all residents will have access to a safe, affordable home in Porter County including resources and support services necessary to prevent and end homelessness.
The plan is available for viewing at www.portercountyfoundation.org.