Caleb Sutton, interim executive director at the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) Interim Executive Director, said he is opposed to the plan as it’s currently written.
He released a statement saying in part: “Currently, our City does not have the capacity to house individuals experiencing homelessness during the day, given the fact most shelters only open in the evening.”
An Indianapolis Star article cites a Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention representative, who states that the city doesn’t have enough shelter space. Most shelters are only open in the evening, and day shelters like Horizon House, close their doors hours before overnight shelters open. Moreover, many shelters restrict the basic rights of the homeless to sleep with their partners and families, subject the homeless to religious doctrines, refuse service to many disabled people and enforce lifestyle regulations.
Alrajabi accepted the Diamond Service Award from the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention for her work as an engagement coordinator for Adult & Child Health, which provides mental health services and other programming. The award recognizes someone who has overcome homelessness and is giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
"City-County Council proposal to discourage panhandling to be heard Monday evening," Matt McKinney, Katie Cox, RTV6 September 24 2018 The Indianapolis City-County Council will hear a proposal Monday evening that is designed to…
“That’s one in fifty young adults and one in one hundred youth,” said Alan Witchey, Executive Director of CHIP who compared local findings with national averages. “This may only be 20 percent of the total population in the city of youth and young adults who are homeless every year.”
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.
“Alan Witchey, of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, said the funding to combat homelessness downtown would be significant.”
DREW DAUDELIN, "Researchers Say Indianapolis Homelessness Cost Over $73 Million In 2016," WFYI May 24, 2018 Homelessness in the Indianapolis area cost over $73 million in 2016, according to a new report from…
While the overall news was good, there was an 8 percent increase in the number of unsheltered homeless individuals from last year to this year—meaning people who aren’t currently receiving services.
Drew Daudelin, "Annual Homeless Count Kicks Off In Indianapolis, With New Focus On Veterans," WFYI January 24, 2018 An annual count of the homeless population in Indianapolis is Wednesday night, and the…