North Vernon to help homeless shelter cover utility costs

The Wayside Inn homeless shelter in North Vernon is set to receive an infusion of cash after last night’s City Council meeting.

Officials with the small shelter at 304 Hoosier St. approached the city with a request for $5,000 in aid from the city for 2019. Shelter officials say the money would go towards utility costs.

Council members expressed support for Wayside Inn, citing the work staff does for those in need. However, they noted that next year’s city budget had already been submitted. Councilwoman Connie Rayburn offered a compromise: $2,500 with a follow-up in six months. That measure was approved unanimously.

Wayside provides up to 14 days of emergency housing for men, woman and families. The shelter prioritizes Jennings County residents.