We get things done when we work together.
That’s the upshot of what’s happening at America’s Best Inn in Clarksville. The hotel soon to meet its demise has been home to people unable to find housing elsewhere. The announcement of its fate left 148 residents, a mix of adults and children, in urgent need of housing.
Their problem? Not hardly. It’s ours.
Southern Indiana hasn’t been able to deal with its lack of affordable housing, the definition of which depends on how much money you have in your wallet — or if you even have a wallet.
We’re more than willing to build upscale housing to attract millennials and their money.
But the low-income families, the homeless, the addicted have limited options — and often those are overcrowded or unavailable.
Too many times of late we’ve heard people acknowledge the need, but shy away from a solution if the proposed housing is anywhere near where they live.
And with finite available funding and resources, we’ve seen service providers dig in, become territorial and refuse to work together.
Not this time. It’s hard to count the number of organizations, agencies, elected officials, school personnel and regular folks who have stepped up to help the people who called the hotel home.
In just two weeks, thousands of donated dollars have poured in to help with relocation. As of Tuesday, the Homeless Prevention Task Force reported 68 of the 148 residents of America's Best have secured housing or are in the application process for permanent housing.
That’s impressive. Credit collaboration.
We should do it more often.
— The News and Tribune editorial board members are Publisher Bill Hanson, Editor Susan Duncan, Assistant Editors Chris Morris and Jason Thomas, and Digital Editor Elizabeth DePompei.