Details of homeless shelters and warming centers across Indianapolis, and cold weather pet safety information.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Winter temperatures return across central Indiana, with accumulating snow during the first-half of January. Temperatures have also been falling in the 20s or lower at night, and most days haven’t reached much higher. Patch has compiled a list of Indianapolis homeless shelters and information for local warming centers for those in need during this period of cold weather:
S.O.A.R Initiative, Inc.: Members of the PBSO (professional blended street outreach) team in Indianapolis who work with individuals experiencing homelessness who have pets. People who need help with foster for their pets to seek shelter can access S.O.A.R’s services on their website: www.soarinitiative.com.
Interfaith Hospitality Network Emergency Shelter provided by Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis: 1850 N. Arsenal Ave., Indianapolis. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit fpgi.orgfor details on what to bring and eligibility requirements.
Homeless Shelter Coordination provided by Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention: 1100 West 42nd Street, Suite 350, Indianapolis. Open 24 hours a day. In addition to being a homeless person in Marion County, here are the other intake requirements/procedures.
Shelter provided by Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center: 540 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis. Intake and admissions are 24 hours a day, while office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 317-637-5551 to see if space is available and if you’re eligible. Other requirements can be found on salvationarmyindiana.org.
Center for Women and Children provided by Wheeler Mission Ministries: 3208 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis. Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for intake. Call 317-687-3630 for availability and intake for adult women with or without children (girls any age; boys up to age 12).
Wheeler Mission Shelter for Men provided by Wheeler Mission Ministries: 520 E. Market Street, Indianapolis. Open 24 hours for new client sign-in, and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment for return clients. Homeless, sober adult men eligible. Call 317-687-6975 for intake. More: wheelermission.org.
Good News Men’s Shelter provided by Good News Ministries: 2716 East Washington Street, Indianapolis: Emergency shelter and phones open 24 hours; program intake 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Homeless men ages 18 and older who are able to use stairs and have not stayed at shelter within past 30 days. More: goodnewsministries.com.
Shelter provided by Dayspring Center: 1537 North Central Avenue, Indianapolis. Phone lines and intake open beginning at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 317-635-6780 for intake interview. Intake eligible for homeless single parents or couples with children up to 18 years of age; able to use stairs. More: dayspringindy.org.
Holy Family Shelter provided by Catholic Charities Indianapolis: 907 North Holmes Avenue, Indianapolis. Intake hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily while phones are open 24 hours a day. Call 317-635-7830 for intake. Requirements: Homeless living in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, or Shelby County; single or married, children 18 years or under; single persons must bring photo ID; photo ID and marriage certificate for married couples; birth certificates for children or proof as parent/guardian of children.
This is also the perfect time to remind dog owners to bring their pets inside when it gets cold outside.
According to IMPD, it’s important to remember as temperatures drop, “If you’re cold, they’re cold. Bring them inside.” The police department reminds community members that an Indianapolis/Marion County Ordinance requires pet owners to bring their pets indoors if the temperature falls below 20 degrees, or if a wind chill advisory has been issued.
If you are concerned for the safety of an animal you can call the Mayors Action Center at 317-327-4622. If you are in need of help with your pet or need supplies for you pet you can call FIDO at 317-221-1314.
The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention is paying attention to the increase. “I think we’re definitely paying attention to that and trying to better understand the increase that they’re seeing particularly because it seems kind of like an outlier from what we’ve seen in years past,” Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director, said.
The new plan also identifies four special populations that have the highest rates of homelessness – chronically homeless, veterans, youth and families. Stakeholders have assessed the best ways to assist each of these groups.
Haring-Cozzi, 42, the new executive director of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, also has both a doctorate in public policy and college teaching experience—not the average background for a not-for-profit executive.