Driving the Indianapolis Response to Homelessness

CHIP Indy partners with the community to strengthen coordination and advance solutions to homelessness. CHIP works to unite individuals, organizations, advocates, and resources to create a community where everyone has a place to call home.

CHIP (Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention) coordinates the community’s response to homelessness using a collective impact model. CHIP focuses on strategic planning, data-driven solutions, best practices, and funding alignment to move from managing to ending homelessness. We serve as the lead support agency of the Indianapolis Continuum of Care (CoC), a collective group of local organizations and stakeholders committed to homelessness prevention, intervention, and permanent housing grounded in Housing First. By working as a coordinated system, we are stronger and more impactful in achieving our mission.

Homelessness is a Housing Problem

Join CHIP in thanking Gregg Colburn for visiting Indianapolis. Watch this important video as Gregg frames the issue of homelessness from a structural lens. Part of solving homelessness is having a shared understanding of the problem. Gregg’s research and analysis offer important insight into the structural factors that contribute to homelessness and must be addressed to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.

Our Services

Educating Our Community

Part of collective impact is working to ensure a shared vision and common agenda for change. CHIP is committed to bringing the community together under a shared understanding of the key drivers of homelessness and the solutions. We want to educate others on the root causes of homelessness so we can be united in our efforts to effectively address homelessness. Education can include community conversations, training sessions, speaking engagements, panel discussions, etc.

Creating Space for Essential Voices

Relationships and empowerment of diverse voices are at the heart of our work and essential to collective impact. We believe there must be space for open and difficult conversations and the exchange of ideas. The voices of those who are most impacted by homelessness are essential in informing the work. People with lived expertise must be empowered and engaged across the CoC.

Click to learn more about how we work to recognize and amplify these voices and experiences.

Our Fundraising Efforts

Funding is instrumental in advancing and sustaining our vital work. Flexible, unrestricted funding helps us direct and align funding to the programs, initiatives, and interventions that are most impactful and effective in addressing homelessness.

Click to learn more about specific fundraising opportunities and efforts organized by CHIP.

Strength in Numbers

Essential to collective impact is having a lead or backbone agency that unites the community and encourages partners to work in a coordinated and strategic way. As the lead agency for the Indianapolis CoC, CHIP coordinates action planning, facilitates workgroups, and reinforces the importance of working as a collaborative system based on each one another’s strengths.

Click to learn more about how CHIP organizes the community’s response to addressing homelessness through the Indianapolis CoC.

Educate
Educating Our Community

Part of collective impact is working to ensure a shared vision and common agenda for change. CHIP is committed to bringing the community together under a shared understanding of the key drivers of homelessness and the solutions. We want to educate others on the root causes of homelessness so we can be united in our efforts to effectively address homelessness. Education can include community conversations, training sessions, speaking engagements, panel discussions, etc.

Empower
Creating Space for Essential Voices

Relationships and empowerment of diverse voices are at the heart of our work and essential to collective impact. We believe there must be space for open and difficult conversations and the exchange of ideas. The voices of those who are most impacted by homelessness are essential in informing the work. People with lived expertise must be empowered and engaged across the CoC.

Click to learn more about how we work to recognize and amplify these voices and experiences.

Fundraise
Our Fundraising Efforts

Funding is instrumental in advancing and sustaining our vital work. Flexible, unrestricted funding helps us direct and align funding to the programs, initiatives, and interventions that are most impactful and effective in addressing homelessness.

Click to learn more about specific fundraising opportunities and efforts organized by CHIP.

Unify
Strength in Numbers

Essential to collective impact is having a lead or backbone agency that unites the community and encourages partners to work in a coordinated and strategic way. As the lead agency for the Indianapolis CoC, CHIP coordinates action planning, facilitates workgroups, and reinforces the importance of working as a collaborative system based on each one another’s strengths.

Click to learn more about how CHIP organizes the community’s response to addressing homelessness through the Indianapolis CoC.

Indy By The Numbers

Homelessness is a system and structural issue. It cannot be understood in isolation. To understand homelessness, communities must have quality data and must use data to better understand who experiences homelessness, how it changes, and how homelessness is impacted by other local factors.

In January 2023, at least 1,619 neighbors experienced homelessness in Indianapolis.

In Indianapolis, a household must earn at least $20.48/ hour to afford a 2-bedroom apartment. (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2023)
There were over 26,475 eviction filings in Indianapolis in 2023. (Eviction Lab, 4/1/2024)
Indiana has a shortage of 139,318 affordable rental homes for extremely low income renters. (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2024)

Featured Partner: Horizon House

The Horizon House Street Outreach Team, led by Niki Wattson, embodies unwavering commitment, voluntarily being on call seven days a week to support those living unsheltered in Indianapolis. They are often the first responders, providing critical resources to individuals experiencing homelessness. Their approach centers on hospitality, building trust through authentic connections and meaningful conversations. This remarkable team of everyday heroes dedicates their lives to serving our most vulnerable populations, ensuring they receive the assistance they need. In partnership with Niki and her team, CHIP continues to amplify the voices of those they serve, sharing their stories to advocate for more resources in the days ahead. We are immensely grateful for this invaluable partnership.

Support Our Mission

Your support matters. Join our mission to end homelessness in the Indianapolis community through advocacy, financial support, and involvement. Click to learn more about supporting CHIP.

Frequently Asked Questions

Homelessness is a complex issue with multifaceted causes. Some of the primary factors contributing to homelessness include lack of affordable housing, poverty, unemployment, systemic factors, and more.

It is important to note that these factors often interact, creating complex and interconnected challenges for individuals experiencing homelessness. Effective solutions require holistic approaches addressing the root causes of homelessness while providing support and resources.

CHIP board and staff members believe that successful efforts toward ending homelessness require the collective talents, resources, and commitment of the entire Indianapolis community. No one group or individual can address these issues alone.

CHIP coordinates the community’s response to homelessness through fundraising, research, and strategic planning.

Click here to learn more about CHIP’s approach.

CHIP does not provide direct shelter services and assistance.

To find homelessness assistance, click here.

However, CHIP serves as the lead support agency of the Indianapolis Continuum of Care (CoC), an approach to addressing homelessness made up of local organizations committed to prevention and intervention.

Click here to learn more about the work of the Indianapolis Continuum of Care in addressing homelessness in Indianapolis

There are several ways to support CHIP’s mission, and we thank you for your interest! CHIP relies on our dedicated volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors, and supporters to achieve our mission.

To learn about ways to donate, click here.

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact info@chipindy.org or 317-630-0853 for more information.