The death count is 91% higher than in last year’s Zoom-only ceremony, which recognized the deaths of 87 people.
Expanded women’s shelter to offer more beds, more dignity
Wheeler Mission is set to open an expanded center for homeless women and children that will nearly double the space for services, add 160 short- and long-term beds, and enhance programming.Read More
Leader of homeless shelter has job flipped upside down
The pandemic changed just about every aspect of Lori Casson’s job as executive director of Dayspring Center.Read More
Pandemic thrusts downtown’s homelessness problem to fore
For weeks, camps of people experiencing homelessness and those suffering from substance use disorders have settled in on Monument Circle and near City Market.Read More
The report from the Indianapolis Office of Public Health and Safety says the new shelter should offer a high level of access and feature a concentration of services meant to help homeless people get back on their feet.
Mark Bode, deputy communications director for Mayor Joe Hogsett, said the impetus behind the notice is that “encampments and storage of personal property in the Circle are blocking pedestrian traffic and causing disruption to nearby businesses.”
The usual plan, which involves packing people closely on as many cots and mats as Wheeler Mission’s shelters can hold, isn’t an option under social distancing guidelines.
The four-story project will also feature office space for Horizon House, which is located adjacent to the site and has provided services for homeless individuals since 1990.
Indiana received more than $30 million in the latest round of federal funding, on top of $23.8 million it was allocated in January.
The city of Indianapolis on Wednesday was awarded $6.3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for initiatives and organizations that aim to eliminate homelessness.
Sports executive Allison Melangton had never led a capital campaign before Wheeler Mission asked her to chair its $12 million fundraising effort.
Democratic incumbent Joe Hogsett and Republican state Sen. Jim Merritt participated in a discussion about homelessness at the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention annual fundraiser and awards presentation on Wednesday evening and were asked about what they would each do to improve the homelessness situation in Indianapolis.
At least 70 people died in Indianapolis last year who previously experienced homelessness, the highest number ever recorded by the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention.
A proposal to ban people from sitting and lying down in the Mile Square failed to gain approval in a City-County Council committee meeting Tuesday. The vote took place on same day the mayor announced a plan to dedicate $500,000 to take on homelessness and downtown safety.
Proponents say the plan would curb panhandling, but critics say it would unfairly target the city’s homeless population.
The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention on Thursday unveiled a multi-pronged plan that calls for drastically reducing the length of time anyone in Indianapolis spends without a safe place to live by increasing affordable housing and supportive services.
A historic downtown building half a block from the Central Library will undergo an $8.7 million face-lift&mdash.
A federal agency says Indiana had an estimated 360 fewer homeless people during this year's annual count of the nation's people without a place to live.
HUD says more than 5,100 of the homeless population was located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs and nearly 700 were living on the streets.
Programs across Indianapolis that provide housing and support to the homeless are bemoaning a $687,540 decrease in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding this year.
Wheeler will take over the operations of Backstreet Missions Inc., which was founded in 1995. In recent years, Backstreet has provided tens of thousands of meals for clients and thousands of nights of shelter.
Community leaders pushing to open a domestic violence shelter in Hamilton County are regrouping after a key partner opted to step back into a supporting role.