Annual memorial service has honored more than 350 homeless since 1996

INDIANAPOLIS (November 18, 2013) – The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) will honor the more than 40 people who died this year while experiencing homelessness. The annual tradition has honored more than 350 since it was started in 1996. The community is invited to join in this year’s memorial service at 11 am on Friday, December 20 at Christ Church Cathedral, 125 Monument Circle.

“This special service causes us to pause and remember men and women who were experiencing homelessness under great hardship,” said Christy Shepard, CHIP executive director. “Their lives serve as a call to action for ending homelessness, and a renewed sense of purpose for providing services that are critical to transitioning individuals and families to stable housing.”

The service is held on or near the first day of winter each year to bring attention to the plight of our homeless neighbors. From a study of Indianapolis’s homeless conducted in January 2013, 1,599 people in Indianapolis were experiencing homelessness, 120 of them were unsheltered. Complete results from the study can be found at http://www.chipindy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/HomelessCount_2013_WEB.pdf.

Following the service, CHIP will host a complimentary luncheon for the homeless and formerly homeless neighbors in attendance as well as the service providers and volunteers who work with individuals experiencing homelessness on a daily basis.

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About the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention

CHIP Indy mobilizes, advocates, and empowers community collaboration towards ending homelessness and fosters an effective system of homelessness intervention and prevention in the greater Indianapolis area.

  • We connect people and organizations to information and data to mobilize planning and action on issues of homelessness. We are the lead planning body for the Continuum of Care and the lead administrator for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a shared database among providers to collect and track data on those experiencing homelessness.
  • We work with various partners to ensure many voices are heard at the local, state and national level to advocate for favorable outcomes in funding and regulations associated with homelessness, e.g., on the issues of tax credits, health care, mass transportation and education.
  • We empower service providers, meeting their needs for continuous education and training through capacity building grants and funding.