Housing insecurity is on the rise in Marion County. The Central Library will host the first Maurice Young Resource Fair on Tuesday, November 15 between 1 and 7 p.m. to help the homeless.
Yanna McGraw is a social worker who works with the library. She said the resource fair was named after Young, an advocate for homeless people who led food and supply campaigns and fought for policy change.
“Prior to his passing, he provided services here in Central to people who were homeless or needed community service-related assistance,” McGraw said. “He did that once a week. Shortly after his death, the library was asked to preserve his work and pay tribute to him.
The library has formed the IndyPL Homeless Resource Committee, a group of library employees who come together to form partnerships with community organizations and provide quality programs and resources in Indianapolis.
“The goal is not just to give information, but to make that real connection to services for those who have difficulty connecting to services in the community,” McGraw said. “The pandemic has created a lot of needs in our community, so we know the need is there.”
Admission to the fair is free. More than 50 service providers and agencies will participate in outreach activities for substance abuse, mental health issues, medical screenings, employment, and agency services for teens and youth. The event is the first for the public library system, but organizers hope to hold the fair annually and include other branches throughout Marion County.