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Thursday marked the official beginning of winter, which meant last night was the longest without sunlight for the next year.

WBOI Presents brings you the second half of the Issues and Ales Panel recorded Wednesday, April 26th at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits. WBOI’s Zach Bernard leads a discussion that looks at the issue of homelessness in northeast Indiana.


Rev. Dr. Terry Anderson

Executive Director, Just Neighbors

Sally Becker-Segerson

Founder/President, Street Reach for the Homeless

George Guy

Executive Director, Fort Wayne Housing Authority 

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Over the last month, we’ve examined efforts to combat homelessness in Northeast Indiana, the services that are lacking for women without children or addiction, and how city development affects those who are displaced.

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New housing projects and living spaces downtown are in the works as the City of Fort Wayne develops. Many of these housing developments are geared specifically towards helping people get back on their feet.

In part four of a five-part series on homelessness in Northeast Indiana, WBOI’s Zach Bernard looks into these facilities that are aiming to fight homelessness.

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Downtown Fort Wayne has seen significant development over the last decade, with more businesses and special events filling the downtown area. But when the city approves a new skyscraper or events center, how does that affect people who are living on the streets?


Northeast Indiana offers services for those suffering temporary and chronic homelessness, and those services aim to provide the most immediate and quality care they can for individuals and families in need.

In part two of a five-part series on homelessness in Northeast Indiana, WBOI’s Zach Bernard looks into the one population that agencies agree needs more attention.


According to the 2016 Homeless Assessment Report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development -- or HUD -- the rate of homelessness dropped in Indiana this year. In Northeast Indiana, many are trying to keep that trend going.

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One previously homeless Fort Wayne family of four is able to call a home their  own. They’re paying an income-based rent on a new house built on the Vincent Village  campus.

The property was officially dedicated Thursday. 

Vincent Village owns and rents 33 properties to provide affordable housing for low  income residents. 

Winter Weather Plan Sets Up Emergency Shelters

Jun 25, 2015
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Fort Wayne organizations signed a winter weather emergency plan Thursday for the city’s homeless.

The shelters will be offered by different agencies in Fort Wayne this winter as part of the city’s emergency shelter plan. The plan only goes into effect when wind chills reach below zero, but some shelters will open at other times as well.

Just Neighbors is one of the partner organizations and provides shelter for homeless families. Its director, Terry Anderson, says it is important that the groups work together to provide shelter for everyone who needs it this winter.

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The City of Fort Wayne is one of four pilot communities chosen to try out a new tool that may help connect homeless individuals with the services they need.

The announcement was made Tuesday. 

The initiative will support “coordinated assessments,” which is the idea of examining all aspects of someone’s history and needs. The tool will also help identify the most vulnerable individuals and families and prioritize them for care.