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Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count Reports

The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires each Continuum of Care to conduct a census of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and safe havens on a single night. The data and findings from recent PIT Counts explore the issue of homelessness in Marion County and inform policy makers and service providers.

Report on domestic VIOLENCE survivors experiencing homelessness in marion county

The project developed a comprehensive report using information from both Domestic Violence (DV) service providers and the survivors themselves. Data collection included focus groups, one-on-one interviews and surveys, data from the HMIS and PIT Count. In addition, the researcher conducted interviews with representatives of different regions in the country about their best practices for serving this population. The result was the Report on Domestic Violence Survivors Experiencing Homelessness in Marion County. The report provided a comprehensive needs assessment and concrete recommendations to improve the quality and quantity of services offered through the homeless system to support DV survivors facing a housing crisis.

IUPUI Housing instability and food insecurity report

Researchers from the Indiana University Public Policy Institute designed, implemented, and analyzed the IUPUI Student Basic Needs survey to understand the housing and food issues experienced by IUPUI students along with the way students hear about, access, and utilize existing community and university resources. The survey questions were developed according to guidance from CHIP, the IUPUI task force, and literature from other universities that conduct similar studies.  The research was compiled in a report that provided detailed information around the methodology, data analysis and final conclusions and recommendations.

This project analyzes current homelessness in Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, as well as develops a model of interventions that would more effectively serve people experiencing homelessness. To reach these goals, the System Modeling Steering Committee oversaw a process that included extensive data analysis and development of inventory recommendations for six household types and subpopulations.

Indianapolis System Modeling Project Report 

This report was developed to design a research plan on better understanding the demographics, challenges, and habits of those who panhandle in Downtown Indianapolis. The study involved a survey conducted with support from a homeless outreach team on three different days during 2017, as well as in-depth interviews with panhandlers. This study contributes to a small body of national research attempting to better understand the lives of those who panhandle and provides a baseline for discussion about how to better serve this population while maintaining a vital city center in Indianapolis.

State of Panhandling in Downtown Indianapolis

This report investigates the number and characteristics of recovery housing programs in Indianapolis and how those programs fit into the broader community of homeless service providers within the Indianapolis Continuum of Care. All but a few survey respondents among providers and referral sources considered themselves to be a part of the Continuum of Care, suggesting that the findings would be particularly relevant to almost all of the organizations discussed. The following report examines how the current inventory of recovery housing programs follows the guidelines identified by the HUD policy brief and identifies key areas for growth to improve the strength of Indianapolis’ network of housing options for those experiencing homelessness.

Recovery Housing in Indianapolis: Trends Among Providers and Referral Sources

CoC Organizational Capacity Summary Report

The goal of this document and its process was to establish a baseline level of organizational capacity, develop a scorecard system that would allow organizations to track capacity over time, and identify specific recommendations and resources to assist CoC organizations in building their capacity. In order to achieve the prior goals, the Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) was utilized. The OCAT gauged the capacity of non-profit organizations by surveying employees, volunteers, and/or board members in ten areas of organizational capacity.

This report provides an estimate of the various costs associated with homelessness in Indianapolis. Specifically, this report provides an update on shelter-related and system costs for chronically homeless individuals, other individuals, and families. Cost estimates for 2016 and the current efforts to address these costs are discussed throughout.

Estimated Cost of Homelessness in Indianapolis 

With a changing landscape, supportive housing providers and homeless service organizations must consider strategies to enhance their services through partnerships or through securing new resources, such as building an infrastructure to become a Medicaid Billable Agency. This report details how agencies that desire to integrate Medicaid services into their housing models have new options for ongoing reimbursement support.

A Guide for Housing and Homeless Programs Considering Options for Billing Medicaid Eligible Services

We envision the healthcare and housing sectors coming together, as across a bridge between two different communities. The current best practice is for integrated services and supports that builds in program and systems collaboration to reduce the burden on the person being served. Unfortunately, this collaboration has proven notoriously challenging to operationalize. This report outlines some of the best practices occurring nationally, as well as makes suggestions on how Indianapolis can capitalize on these pilots to move forward across sectors to achieve their goals of ending homelessness and creating healthier communities.

Setting Up Indianapolis for Success: Best Practices in Health and Housing

Penn Place is a 38-unit permanent supportive housing program in Indianapolis, Indiana, that serves chronically homeless individuals with high medical vulnerability. Penn Place operates using a Housing First approach that emphasizes consumer choice in services. This report utilized a year-long, mixed methods evaluation (i.e. an evaluation using both qualitative and quantitative data) in order to understand the impact of Penn Place services on residents’ lives.

Evaluation of the Penn Place Permanent Supportive Housing Program

The following report outlines the location of affordable rental units, both subsidized and provided through the market; community assets; and liabilities. The report is an attempt to serve a variety of providers in assisting individuals identify potential housing opportunities, locations where resources might be accessed, liabilities to avoid, and connectivity between these areas via current IndyGo routes.

Locations & Resources for Subsidized, Permanent Supportive, and Low-Income Housing Options

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program Long-Term Outcomes Report

This report presents data from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) in Indianapolis on all 2,477 adults and children served in the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) implemented from 2009-2012. Specifically, the report contains an outline of the demographics of participants; as well as a summary of process-related indicators, including the type of assistance received (i.e. homelessness prevention or rapid re-housing), the duration of enrollment in HPRP, and the level of engagement with housing and financial services offered through the program. This report also presents findings for three subsets of HPRP participants: single adults, two-adult households, and families with children.