Homeless Veterans Summit

Annie Ropeik

 

Subaru is ahead of schedule on hiring 1,200 new workers at its only factory in the U.S., in Lafayette.

A thousand new employees are already at work at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), gearing up to start making new Outback and Impreza models later this year.

Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R) visited the plant on Thursday and praised the hire:

"It's a lot more fun if you're an elected representative to go to a building where they're adding people rather than subtracting them," he said.

 

One in ten people who went to a homeless shelter in the Lafayette last year was a veteran. Because of the issue across the country, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is stepping up efforts to provide assistance to those in need.

Lafayette Transitional Housing is applying for a VA grant to help veterans. The $180,000 would assist those who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

Executive Director Jennifer Layton says that amount should address the needs of 75 veterans.

Summit explores ways to help homeless veterans

Aug 23, 2012

In 2011, The Coalition for Homeless Intervention and Prevention found 20% of the homeless in Indiana were veterans.

That’s one of the statistics shared at the Homeless Veterans Summit today in West Lafayette.

The goal of the gathering is to put together a group of community partners to identify the needs of area veterans and recommend ways to provide the necessary assistance.

The summit is part of the overall “Solutions Beyond Shelter” initiative which seeks to end chronic homelessness in the Lafayette are by 2022.