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Staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus is not an option for people facing homelessness. The City of South Bend is looking for places to house the homeless who have either tested positive for COVID 19 or are showing symptoms.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on nearly every aspect of life. Everything from the way people socialize, to job security, and the economy. There are certain challenges the virus is creating, specifically for the homeless and low-income families.

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South Bend residents packed inside the County-City building Sunday night for a vigil for a local homeless man who died on Jan 18th.

They used the vigil to send a bigger message to the city. The crowd joined in singing 'Amazing Grace' to remember Darrell Bradberry.

He’s the second homeless man to die of the cold in South Bend in less than a month. 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An advocate for the homeless says a man who was found dead under a northern Indiana bridge was near the top of the list to receive permanent government-funded housing or a voucher to rent a private apartment or house.

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The number of homeless students enrolled in Hoosier schools nearly doubled between 2008 and 2018.

According to state data, Indiana had more than 16,300 homeless students enrolled in schools last year, compared to just over 8,900 in 2008. 

Fort Wayne Community Schools has the highest student enrollment in the state overall, and the second largest population of homeless students. 

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The South Bend Redevelopment Commission voted to reallocate $1 million to renovate the exterior of one of the controversial Gemini Apartment buildings Thursday night. 

The project received backlash from neighbors last month because up to six apartments have been designated to be used as permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

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A vote to approve money for a permanent supportive housing project in South Bend was delayed Thursday night.

In March, the City approved $1.5 million for a homeless gateway center - but the project was dropped this Fall. Now there is talk about shifting $1 million of that money to renovate one of the Gemini Apartment buildings on Colfax Avenue.

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The weather is getting colder here in Michiana but not everyone has a warm place to call home. A group of women are using theater to show people what it’s like being homeless in South Bend.

Residents crowded into a community center in the Near Northwest Neighborhood over the weekend to watch a theater production called “Tracy Talks.” It was a stage reading written by someone who had experienced homlessness in South Bend.

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The South Bend Common Council voted against a rezoning petition that would have paved the way for a new apartment complex for chronically homeless people.

The South Bend Heritage Foundation was planning to develop the site on Washington Street. By 2021 it would have hosted a 20 unit permanent supportive housing apartment building. 

After hours of testimony and public comment the board ultimately decided not to rezone.

Groundbreaking For New Benham Avenue Apartments In Elkhart

Jul 8, 2019
La Casa, Inc.

The apartments will go up on the north-east corner of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary campus. Eleven one-bedroom units will house people referred by Oaklawn.

Goshen Homeless Camp Empties After Eviction Notice

Jun 4, 2019
City of Goshen, Indiana

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Officials and community organizations are helping to get housing and services for homeless people in Goshen who formerly lived at a homeless camp that's being emptied.

City of Goshen, Indiana

A taskforce has been convened in Goshen to address a homeless encampment along the Millrace Trail.

The Goshen Police and Mayor’s office have received complaints about camping, fires and fighting in the area.

Muncie Vending Machines Helping Homeless

Mar 28, 2019

As of today, two Muncie fire stations are home to special vending machines stocked with supplies to help the city’s homeless after-hours, when local service agencies aren’t open.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the machines are the first-of-their-kind in Indiana.

“Things like hygiene items, bottles for water, hairbrushes, combs, chapstick…”

That’s Karee Buffin, with Bridges Community Services.  She’s awaiting the placement of the organization’s second vending machine to serve the homeless.