Homeless Count (Indianapolis)

Services: Analytical studies, Benchmarking/indicators, Data management

Research Area: Housing & Community Development

The goal of the homeless count and housing inventory is to assess the current needs of homeless individuals in Marion County and identify any program service gaps. Results of the count are also used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make informed funding decisions. In 2007, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) enlisted PPI to undertake a citywide count of the homeless in the Indianapolis community. PPI took a leadership role in refining the methodology for conducting the homeless count, which included participation by both homeless shelters and street teams. In addition to refining the methodology, PPI coordinated many administrative details to ensure the projects would run smoothly. Due to the success of the counts, CHIP enlisted PPI to plan and administer the homeless count and housing inventory every January since 2007 (in July 2009, there was also a summer count).

Laura Littlepage
Debbie Wyeth
Joti Martin
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