Coburn Place Launches Safe Home, Fresh Start Campaign to Support Transitional Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Merchants Bank of Indiana is matching gifts up to $50,000

April 24, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS – Domestic violence is worse in Indiana than elsewhere in the country, and in Indianapolis, it’s getting worse. In Indiana, 42.5% of women report having experienced domestic violence in their lifetimes, the fifth highest percentage in the country.

“Domestic violence is a community problem, and we need community support to help families heal and break the cycle,” says Coburn Place President and CEO Rachel Scott. “We know transitional housing is the most critical thing survivors need to move forward after experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence. It works. But we do not have enough funding.”

Together with Merchants Bank of Indiana, Coburn Place is raising $100,000 for survivors who live in transitional housing in their historic building on 38th Street. Merchants is matching gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000, so donors can double their impact. Allstate has donated $10,000 to the campaign.

“Merchants Bank is pleased to support the Safe Home, Fresh Start initiative to provide for expanded programming in meeting Coburn Place’s mission to support safe housing and restore hope for survivors of domestic violence,” says Carol Gasson, senior vice president. “Coburn Place will be able to leverage these dollars to continue to improve the futures of those who seek services, allowing them to break the cycle of abuse. We believe in supporting a strong community, and this partnership will make a difference for some of our most vulnerable families.”

Domestic violence pushes women and children into housing instability. Up to 57 percent of unhoused women cite domestic violence as the immediate cause, with 38 percent of all survivors experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives due to domestic violence.

Coburn Place offers survivors 35 private, fully furnished apartments – studios, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms – which are rent- and utility-free for up to two years. The average stay is 15 to 16 months.

Transitional housing is well-suited for families with severe safety concerns and provides safety, support and time to reach long-term goals. Housing is only the first step – survivors at Coburn Place heal alongside their children and create fresh starts – fresh starts that include improved health and wellness, new skills, better incomes, closer relationships with their kids, and valuable connections.

All money raised in the Safe Home, Fresh Start campaign will go toward getting apartments ready for new families, helping them stay maintained, and offering the life-changing programs families need to move forward.

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The public is invited to tour Coburn Place – including a move-in ready studio apartment – at an open house on Tuesday, April 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. Coburn Place is located at 604 E. 38th St. Visitors should park on the Broadway Street side of the building and enter that gate.

About Coburn Place
Coburn Place offers compassionate support and safe housing choices for survivors of domestic violence and their children, illuminating a path forward. It is Indiana’s largest and most comprehensive provider of longer-term housing options for survivors. Coburn Place offers on-site transitional housing along with community-based housing in a Domestic Violence Housing First approach to identify and eliminate housing barriers and improve survivors’ overall housing stability and well-being.

Contact: Kim Easton, communications director, (317) 679-5170