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SOAR Neighborhood Association to hold emergency meeting for city’s homelessness situation

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The SOAR Neighborhood Association will hold an emergency meeting regarding the city’s homelessness situation on Tuesday.

Those hosting the meeting requested that a committee should be formed to work with city administrators so a “healthy dialogue and viable alternatives” are produced.

Information about city-owned vacant lots has also been requested.

South Bend Common Council members said in a letter that they are “open to forming an inclusive group to work on finding the best location for an intake center.”

The letter also said the council wants to make sure the intake center will “make both the neighborhood that it is in and the city better off.”

“If we can't find a neighborhood that believes providing shelter for the existing unsheltered would make the neighborhood and city better, we'll stop pursuing the intake center and turn our focus to making scattered-site permanent supportive housing work without one,” read the letter.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at Broadway Christian Parish Church.

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