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Housing Toolbox: Strategies for Indiana and Beyond
25th Apr


Housing Toolbox: Strategies for Indiana and Beyond
We are excited to announce that Coburn Place, with funding support from the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), has created a Housing Toolbox. This robust document outlines strategies to offer sustainable housing options to serve those affected by homelessness, specifically as a result of domestic violence.
Our hope is that the Housing Toolbox will lead to greater collective work locally and that these strategies can be replicated and scaled into any community. Read the press release.


  • Working with the Indianapolis Housing Agency to establish a policy preference for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Establishing a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program to assist survivors in securing off-site housing appropriate to their security needs and offer supportive services.
  • Securing funding for and implement a Domestic Violence Housing First program, including program evaluation and documentation.
  • Exploring partnerships with private developers to rehab scattered site facilities to assist more survivors.
On 4/27/2017, along with CHIP, we released the Housing Toolbox to the community during the Indianapolis Continuum of Care meeting.


According to the most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. The National Alliance to End Homelessness reported that 549,928 people were homeless on a single night in the United States in January 2016. These numbers are staggering but not surprising to those who work with these populations in our community.
Transitional housing for survivors of abuse is a successful and necessary housing model because it gives victims a longer period of time than traditional emergency shelters to address the trauma and safety concerns they face.  Transitional housing is typically provided for six to 24 months versus a traditional shelter stay of 30 to 45 days.


In 2016, Coburn Place faced crushing cuts in HUD funding for its over-capacity transitional housing program. We turned this loss into an opportunity. We began exploring comprehensive housing options relevant for intimate partner violence survivors but also the community at large. A lack of safe and affordable housing options are a barrier to those facing homelessness in our community, regardless if the circumstance is caused by intimate violence. This lack of options can lead to an increase in chronic homelessness and an increase in intimate partner violence.


Last year, Coburn Place housed 82 adult survivors of domestic violence and 139 children, while assisting another 459 individuals through housing-waitlist and outreach services.  Read more successes and impact in our 2016 Impact Report.


By the end of 2017, Coburn Place will have increased the capacity to provide housing support and service by nearly 100% from 2015.  All without significantly growing the agency’s budget. And we’re not done yet.  We’re incorporating all but one of the strategies into our overall strategic plan. Work has already begun.


None of this would be possible without your support! Thank you for believing in our vision.
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