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Church holds panel discussing mental illnesses, homelessness

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Homelessness and mental illness were the topics of discussion Wednesday night at the Methodist Temple in Evansville. 

A panel of experts spoke about the links between mental health, drug abuse, and homelessness. 

Evansville has the highest per-capita homelessness population in the state of Indiana with estimates ranging from 400 to 500 people sleeping on the streets or in shelters every night. 

Community organizations such as Aurora, United Caring, and Echo Housing work with the homeless to try to get them back on their feet.

One panelist said community involvement is the best weapon to fight homelessness.

As of 2015, nearly one-third of Evansville residents live below the poverty line.

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