About the CoC

What is Collective Impact?

Collective Impact represents a powerful approach where diverse organizations and stakeholders come together with a shared vision to tackle the complex issue of homelessness. It is a collaborative framework that emphasizes the need for coordinated efforts and the pooling of resources to achieve the common goal of a lasting, positive impact on homelessness. Within this framework, the Indianapolis CoC takes a comprehensive approach by providing a continuum of housing programs and services.

 

View the Indianapolis CoC Governance Charter

View the Indianapolis CoC Written Standards

View the Indianapolis Community Plan to End Homelessness

The Indianapolis CoC’s Work

The Indianapolis CoC operates under the CoC Governance Charter, is guided by the Indianapolis Community Plan to End Homelessness, and is governed by the Blueprint Council.

The CoC is currently aligned under a shared goal to reduce Black homelessness in Indianapolis by 35% by 2025.

Diversion

Diversion from homelessness is a strategy and approach that works with individuals and families at the “front door” of the homeless system. The goal is to divert people from entering a shelter or an unsheltered location. Diversion focuses on housing problem-solving, flexible financial assistance, and other creative ways of connecting people to housing.

Crisis Response

Crisis response includes services and interventions for those who have lost housing and are experiencing homelessness. This includes street outreach, emergency shelter, and transitional housing. The goal of the crisis response system is to quickly engage people who are experiencing homelessness to help resolve their homelessness. This can include coordinated street outreach, rapid exit strategies, coordinated entry assessments, housing navigation, and case management.

Permanent Housing

The primary goal of all our work is to provide pathways to permanent housing and to do it using a Housing First approach. Permanent housing solutions include rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and other permanent housing. Permanent housing combines various levels of housing subsidy, rental assistance, and supportive services geared toward individual household needs and goals.

Supportive Services

Housing First is not housing only. The key to housing stability and homelessness prevention is having high-quality supportive services that are accessible and available to people in housing. Supportive services must be person-centered, must meet people where they are, and must focus on neighborhood and community integration. Having accessible and quality supportive services, connections to community networks, and resources are vital in ensuring longer-term housing stability.

Diversion
Diversion

Diversion from homelessness is a strategy and approach that works with individuals and families at the “front door” of the homeless system. The goal is to divert people from entering a shelter or an unsheltered location. Diversion focuses on housing problem-solving, flexible financial assistance, and other creative ways of connecting people to housing.

Crisis Response
Crisis Response

Crisis response includes services and interventions for those who have lost housing and are experiencing homelessness. This includes street outreach, emergency shelter, and transitional housing. The goal of the crisis response system is to quickly engage people who are experiencing homelessness to help resolve their homelessness. This can include coordinated street outreach, rapid exit strategies, coordinated entry assessments, housing navigation, and case management.

Permanent Housing
Permanent Housing

The primary goal of all our work is to provide pathways to permanent housing and to do it using a Housing First approach. Permanent housing solutions include rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and other permanent housing. Permanent housing combines various levels of housing subsidy, rental assistance, and supportive services geared toward individual household needs and goals.

Supportive Services
Supportive Services

Housing First is not housing only. The key to housing stability and homelessness prevention is having high-quality supportive services that are accessible and available to people in housing. Supportive services must be person-centered, must meet people where they are, and must focus on neighborhood and community integration. Having accessible and quality supportive services, connections to community networks, and resources are vital in ensuring longer-term housing stability.

Indianapolis CoC Governing Board: The Blueprint Council

​The Blueprint Council is the delegated authority and decision-making body for the Indianapolis CoC and is primarily responsible for: setting strategy and defining annual system implementation priorities and activities; monitoring system performance and implementation progress; reviewing and approving governing policy recommendations created within the implementation work groups; and aligning resources and activities and allocating funding in accordance with implementation priorities.

Pastor David Greene, Chair

PURPOSE OF LIFE MINISTRIES

​Appointed: Faith Community Representative

Josiah Harrison-Benjamin

ELECTED: DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDER, DAMIEN CENTER

​Term: 2024 - 2026

Stephany Bedolla

ELECTED: INDIVIDUAL WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE

Term: 2024 - 2026

Jeff Bennett

CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS

Appointed: Other System Representative​

Megan Vukusich

CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS

Appointed: Director of Metropolitan De​velopment

Carlette Duffy

OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

Appointed: Other System Representative​

ELECTED: DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDER

Term: 2024

Gregory Stocking

INDIANAPOLIS HOUSING AGENCY

Appointed: Executive Director, IHA​​​​

​Kendol Enzinger

VETERAN HEALTH INDIANA (VA)

​Appointed: Other System Representative​​

Wahid Ahmed

THE INDIANAPOLIS FOUNDATION

​Appointed: Private Funder​​

Sara VanSlambrook

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL INDIANA

​Appointed: Private Funder​​

​Roxy Lawrence

BLACK ONYX MANAGEMENT

​Appointed: University/Research/Evaluation Representative​​

Imani Sankofa

ELECTED: INDIVIDUAL WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE

Term: 2022 - 2024

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