TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Advocates for the homeless in Terre Haute are speaking out about the challenges facing those who live on the streets, a day after two people sleeping in a dumpster were trapped in a garbage truck.
Muriel Ryan of the group Families by Choice said that, during the area's annual Point-in-Time count, volunteers counted 212 people living without homes in Terre Haute. Still, Ryan said, that number only represents a portion of those struggling to find a place to stay.
"It is a problem that, because the people are not visible, because the people don't wear shirts or do marches, that the victims of this situation … are the people you're least likely to see," Ryan said.
Ryan said that, while Terre Haute does have shelters for homeless people, some of those shelters have long waiting lists and others are not always able to help people with special needs, disabilities or less-traditional family arrangements.
"We need to be broadening our definition of who are homeless," Ryan said. "We need to create more options, and we need to get involved and become more knowledgeable."
Families By Choice has also scheduled a homelessness simulation for the night of Friday, April 19 in Gilbert Park. Registration for the event is being held from 3 to 6 p.m. at 30 Gilbert Avenue.
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