CHIP’s 20-Year Timeline

CHIP: 1996 – 2016

  • CHIP established to act as advocate, catalyst, coordinator, community educator, planner and resource developer to end homelessness in Indianapolis. (1996)
  • Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service initiated to remember deceased individuals who have experienced homelessness in Indianapolis. (1996)
  • Training and Technical Assistance offered by CHIP since our start to address community partners’ capacity and skill building needs on topics such as trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, and board development. (1996)
  • ACES (Action Coalition to Ensure Stability), one of the demonstration projects funded by a Targeted Initiative Grant from Lilly Endowment, successfully served chronically homeless, dually diagnosed individuals through a strengths-based, system of care model. Community-based program currently being implemented through Eskenazi Health. (1999)
  • Point-in-Time Homeless Count conducted for the first time, estimating about 3,500 people to be experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis on any given night. In 2015, our community counted 1,666 individuals on a single night in January. (1999)
  • Blueprint to End Homelessness created as the strategic plan for our community to end and prevent homelessness. Touted as a national model, the plan was created with input from more than 450 individuals to create a truly comprehensive plan. (2002)
  • Trusted Partners (now Trusted Mentors) established through another demonstration project funded by a Targeted Initiative Fund grant from Lilly Endowment. (2004)
  • Handbook of Help resource guide published for the first time. (2005)
  • Indy Homeless Connect presented a single day of co-located services. (2005)
  • IU Public Policy Institute engaged for first time to work on the Point-in-Time Count to enhance methodology, accuracy, analysis and reporting of findings. (2005)
  • CHIP Blueprint Celebration held to raise funds and awareness about CHIP, the Blueprint to End Homelessness, and the coalition of partners working to end homelessness. (2006)
  • Public Services Utilization Cost Study released in 2007 and subsequently updated to estimate public health care and criminal justice-related expenditures for serving homeless individuals who are “frequent users” of public services. (2007)
  • The Indianapolis Housing Trust Fund received its first permanent funding source. CHIP led the advocacy effort that enacted first public funding stream for any Indianapolis program aimed at assisting homeless neighbors through passage of a document recording fee through both the Indiana General Assembly and the Indianapolis-Marion County Council. (2007)
  • HMIS Analyst position created to provide full-time attention to enhanced collection, reporting, and analysis of local data.(2008)
  • Advocacy Council comprised of currently and formerly homeless individuals began meeting to raise awareness about homelessness and provide input to the system of care. (2008)
  • Street Outreach and Triage Services project funded by a Targeted Initiative Fund of Lilly Endowment to address the need for greater coordination of street outreach and triage services for homeless individuals. (2011)
  • Blueprint 2.0 adopted to continue to community’s work to make homelessness rare, short-lived and recoverable in Indianapolis. (2013)
  • Blueprint Council established along with Continuum of Care structure to implement the strategies outlined in the community’s Blueprint 2.0. (2014)
  • Know Outlets to Help Indy’s Homeless campaign launched to raise funds for direct services to help those living on the streets in Indianapolis. (2014)
  • Albert G. and Sara I. Engagement Center moved forward significantly as operational funding, location, and leadership were secured. (2015)


Significant Outcomes for 2016

  • Albert G. and Sara I. Engagement Center to open in 2016. The Center, which has been identified as a community need for at least the last 20 years, will provide a safe location for individuals at risk for or experiencing homelessness who are unable to gain access to emergency shelter due to active substance abuse, including both drug and alcohol and mental health diagnosis. The Center will provide a place to recover from temporary intoxication and an opportunity to engage in resource referral.


  • Veterans’ Homelessness to reach “functional zero” in Indy. This year our community will announce this goal and outline the steps necessary to achieve this. To achieve and sustain “functional zero” means establishing a well-coordinated and efficient community system that assures homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring and no veteran is forced to live on the street – every veteran has access to the supports they need and want to avoid staying on the street and move quickly to permanent housing.


  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment will be conducted by CHIP to provide a clear understanding of needs, gaps in services and housing, and potential funding or advocacy resources to address those needs.


  • Coordinated Entry processes help communities prioritize assistance based on vulnerability and severity of service needs to ensure that people who need assistance the most can receive it in a timely manner no matter where or how people present. CHIP is working with community partners to roll out a pilot Coordinated Entry project in 2016.


  • Shared Metrics tracked by the multiple organizations making up the Continuum of Care will measure community impact toward ending homelessness. Tracking a common set of measures to monitor performance, track progress toward goals, and to learn what is working and not working will strengthen our continuum and help us reach our collective goals more effectively.