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Penn Place continues to provide housing for Indy's homeless one year later

Posted at 9:41 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 21:41:46-04

INDIANAPOLIS – One year after the opening of a housing complex aimed to help Indy’s homeless community, those who have taken advantage of the service believe it has changed their lives for the better.

Greg Morris, 51, said he became homeless once his mother died several years ago. He said he tried to commit suicide and slipped into deep depression while living on the streets for three years.

Morris and his dog Boston found Penn Place and he received treatment for his depression and other health conditions.

“They've given me a chance,” he said. “They've given me every opportunity to make my life better. I swore right then and there I'm going to do my best to make the best."

Alex Witchey with the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention said Penn Place provides the support the community needs.

“This goes to show, if we house someone first and we continue to provide support for them, they can gain stability and maintain their housing."

Morris said he plans to eventually move out of Penn Place to become completely independent.

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