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Indiana Planning Council on the Homeless

In 2009, IHCDA reorganized its Inter-Agency Council into the “Indiana Planning Council on the Homeless.” The Council was established as an overall planning body for initiatives aimed at ending homeless in Indiana, and is committed to using a comprehensive approach to develop, operate, and improve Indiana’s continuum of homelessness solutions. The Council operates from a “housing first” philosophy and embraces the proven efficacy of a permanent supportive housing model.

The Council intends to engage a broad range of systems and expertise within the housing field. The Council and its subcommittees will include members from both the public and private sector, IHCDA’s sister state agencies, homelessness service providers, the academic realm, and homelessness advocacy organizations- along with formerly homeless representatives. The activity of the Council will be driven by its four action-oriented sub-committees, focused respectively on ‘Data Collection and Evaluation,’ ‘Quality and Performance,’ ‘Housing and Program Continuum Development,’ and ‘Funding and Strategies.’ The value of the Council will lie in the anticipated exchange and collaboration amongst these four subcommittees as they progress on coordinated work plans. The committees will come together quarterly as the full “Planning Council” to share information, updates, and discussion.

For more information about the Planning Council and the sub-comittees, click here.

Continuum of Care

Since 1994, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been encouraging communities to address the problems of housing and homelessness in a coordinated, comprehensive, and strategic fashion. This concept is designed to help communities develop the capacity to envision, organize, and plan comprehensive and long-term solutions to addressing the problem of homelessness in their community.

The Continuum of Care is a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self sufficiency. It includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness.

The components of a CoC system is outreach, intake, and assessment to identify an individual’s or family’s service and housing needs, and to link them to appropriate housing and/or service resources like: Emergency shelter and safe, decent alternatives to the streets, Transitional housing with supportive services and then permanent housing and permanent supportive housing.

Indiana CoC Region Map - Updated August 12, 2013

Case management training materials:

Employment Case Management Materials
Housing Case Management Materials

Balance of State

In 1995, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) implemented the Continuum of Care approach to streamline the existing competitive funding and grant-making process under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and to encourage communities to coordinate more fully the planning and provision of housing and services for homeless people.

Annually, the Indiana Interagency Council on the Homeless (IAC) prepares the Indiana Balance of State Continuum of Care application for any regional Continuum of Care that desires to apply as a consortium of Continua of Care. The development of Indiana's "Balance of the State" application is the result of many diverse efforts throughout the state to address homelessness, and it currently involves twelve of the state’s thirteen Continua. Through this extremely competitive Continuum of Care program, local and state jurisdictions, housing authorities, and nonprofits (secular and faith based) can apply for funding in supportive housing for homeless persons as defined by HUD.

Homeless Shelter Information

List of Indiana Shelters- This document contains information about all the homeless shelters and transitional housing programs in Indiana. If there are no shelters in your county, please contact your local township trustee.

Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Program

The Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program is authorized under Subtitle F of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. HUD has awarded Shelter Plus Care (S+C) funds to state and local governments and public housing agencies (PHAs) to serve a population that has been traditionally hard to reach - homeless persons with disabilities.

The purpose of the program is to provide permanent housing in connection with supportive services to homeless people with disabilities and their families. The primary target populations are homeless people who have:

  • serious mental illness; and/or
  • chronic problems with alcohol, drugs or both; and/or
  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases.

The program provides rental assistance and assistance for utilities for a variety of housing choices, accompanied by a range of supportive services funded by other sources.

Forms & Information for Sponsors/Contractors:

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) provides funding for essential services, operations and homeless prevention activities to emergency homeless shelters, transitional housing for homeless, and day/night homeless shelters. These programs provide basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, and other necessities, and many also provide case management, referrals, rental assistance and other services to individuals and/or families who are in need of assistance.

If you are a local homeless emergency shelter and/or transitional housing agency and want to learn more about funding options, please contact Angie Hass at or (317-234-7579).

Important ESG Documents - All ESG related documents, training material and presentations for ESG grantees.

Emergency Solutions Grant Rapid Re-housing (ESG RR)

Training and HUD Information:

Forms to be utilized:

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is a grant funded program that provides housing funding for non-profit agencies that specialize in assisting Hoosiers with AIDS/HIV and their families. The HOPWA program is available within 77 of Indiana's 92 counties and is based on the number of Hoosiers with AIDS/HIV and is only awarded to those agencies that show as a part of their mission a focus on servicing these Persons. The remaining counties receive their funds through Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville. There are specific requirements your non-profit must adhere to in order to receive the HOPWA funding.

Please contact Evan Shearin, Community Service Analyst with any questions.

2013-2014 HOPWA Award Manual