Our Work

Coburn Place offers compassionate support and safe housing choices to survivors of domestic violence and their children in the Greater Indianapolis area. We illuminate a path forward to restore hope and promote healing. We specialize in fresh starts. 

Coburn Place is constantly evolving to be a top-tier program and a leader in the field of domestic violence programs to support our clients in the best possible way. In 2011, we became the first residential domestic violence program in Indiana to implement a voluntary, trauma-informed model of service delivery. We recognize survivors as experts in their own lives and do not mandate programming. We also recognize that each survivor is on their own journey to long-term safety, emotional and social well-being, self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Our programs and services are designed to empower survivors on this journey and partner with them along the way.

  • Warm and Caring Environment

    We encourage open-hearted communication, reject racism and intolerance, and promote friendliness and compassion. Everyone is welcome, and everyone belongs.

  • Safety and Security

    We provide space which is first and foremost safe and secure, giving survivors – and their children – a dependable environment.

  • Respect

    We honor boundaries, recognize the differences and importance of each person, and treat each survivor as the expert in their own life.

  • Housing
  • Well-Being
  • Children's Services

1) On-site housing is provided through 15 studio, 15 two-bedroom, and five three-bedroom apartments and allows you to stay with us for a minimum of six months. Initial leases are nine months. Lease extensions may be granted, dependent upon good faith progress moving toward permanent housing goals, up to a maximum stay of two years. Most survivors stay around one year. On-site apartments are provided fully furnished and rent- and utility-free. Residents are encouraged to save those funds toward their permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

2) Community-based housing is available to survivors who are dealing with less severe safety, self-sufficiency and permanent housing barriers. This program offers rent-assistance for up to 12 months on a tiered level of support. Survivors pay 30% of their income toward their rent and work with their advocate on an employment advancement/increased income plan in order to be fully self-sufficient at the end of the 12-month rental assistance program.

  • individual advocacy and case management
  • individual and family therapy
  • support groups
  • criminal justice and court advocacy
  • victim compensation fund assistance
  • address confidentiality assistance
  • cellphone assistance
  • financial literacy and economic empowerment
  • tutoring and education advancement
  • physical and mental wellness programs
  • healthy relationship classes
  • budget-stretching direct aid for food, medical and transportation assistance
  • employment/career readiness training
  • substance abuse prevention/treatment referrals
  • indoor and outdoor play/development spaces
  • individual advocacy and case management
  • individual and family therapy
  • support groups
  • homework help and tutoring classes
  • computer lab
  • wellness education and activities
  • healthy relationship classes and anti-bullying and personal safety programs
  • field trips
  • after-school programs and school break camps
  • civic engagement and philanthropic activities
Children's Services
History of Coburn Place

1996 – Coburn Place is founded as a transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence after a need was recognized in the community for safe, long-term housing options for survivors.


2006 – Coburn Place receives designation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

2009 – The facility undergoes major updates, expanding the space of the Children's Services program in recognition of the importance of children's services.

2009 – Coburn Place separates the advocate and landlord roles to promote safe and trusting relationships between clients and advocates.


2010 – Coburn Place introduces a volunteer coordinator position to strengthen community engagement.

2010 – Coburn Place implements the voluntary services model to promote client autonomy and choice.

2011 – Coburn Place creates a housing advocate position in response to client feedback.

2011 – Coburn Place adopts no-rent policy to prevent clients from being evicted and to help them save for stable housing.

2012 – Coburn Place begins providing access to all resources and advocacy services to clients on the waitlist for Transitional Housing.

2013 – Coburn Place adopts the Full Frame Initiative and implements the overall well-being model and trauma-informed care model as part of their wrap-around services.

2014 – Coburn Place expands its inclusion criteria to include male and transgender survivors.

2015 – The Affordable Care Act passes, allowing Coburn Place to reallocate funding to hire additional support services advocacy staff.

2016 – Coburn Place receives HUD funding to create a Rapid Rehousing (community-based housing) program to supplement its transitional housing (on-site) program.

2017-2019 – Coburn Place undergoes restructuring and rededicates resources to data and grant management for an expansion of transitional housing and rapid rehousing to meet growing demands.

2019 – Coburn Place introduces a multi-funded, low-barrier, Domestic Violence Housing First flex funding model to address barriers to housing stability for survivors.


2020 – Coburn Place undergoes a logo and branding refresh, and launches a new website.

2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic drastically increases the need for services and forces a mobile advocacy-only model.

2021 – Coburn Place celebrates 25 years of empowering survivors.

2021-2022 – Coburn Place enhances and redesigns the Adult and Family Services program to better serve survivors and their children, adding an intake coordinator and housing navigator and increasing physical and mental wellness offerings.

Safe Home, Fresh Start: Lexi’s Story
Welding a Stronger Future: Kelly’s Story
Reclaiming Her Life After Seven Years of Stalking: Athena’s Story
Meet Colton: Future Basketball Star
Finding Safe Homes Is Her Job
From Homelessness to Homeowner: Diamond’s Story
A Blue-Haired Girl with a Lime Green Goal
One Driving Goal
She Has a Plan
Her Life Is Spinning In Control
Breaking Down Barriers
Turning Victims into Victors

Coburn Stories

Safe Home, Fresh Start: Lexi’s Story

Lexi is just beginning her fresh start at Coburn Place while juggling a new baby and an energetic 5-year-old. “I would leave him and go back and leave him and go back,” she says. “I’m not going back anymore.”

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Coburn Stories

Welding a Stronger Future: Kelly’s Story

Last year, Kelly’s life changed in an instant due to domestic violence. Today, she’s working hard to heal and rebuild.

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Coburn Stories

Reclaiming Her Life After Seven Years of Stalking: Athena’s Story

“I love me right now,” says Athena. “I like this new woman I’m becoming, and I like learning about myself. I’m learning what makes me happy and what my soul desires.”

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Coburn Stories

Meet Colton: Future Basketball Star

“Colton is a smart, energetic, fun-loving little man,” says Children’s Service Coordinator Teia Sherrell. Learn more about him and how he’s grown at Coburn Place.

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Coburn Stories

Finding Safe Homes Is Her Job

When it comes to helping survivors find safe housing, Tina Oatts is a force.

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Coburn Stories

From Homelessness to Homeowner: Diamond’s Story

Diamond’s journey has been remarkable. Motivated by her children, she worked hard to heal. Now, she owns a home.

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Coburn Stories

A Blue-Haired Girl with a Lime Green Goal

Opening up isn’t easy, but Annabelle, a teen living at Coburn Place, knows it’s important.

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Coburn Stories

One Driving Goal

“Samantha” had been trying for more than 10 years to get her driver’s license. Teaming up with Denise Saxman was just what she needed. “There’s some pride in that I helped this woman achieve this goal,” she says. “It’s a personal accomplishment for me, but it’s huge for her to make that big stride.”

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Coburn Stories

She Has a Plan

“I don’t set long-term goals. I set three-month goals. I had all my goals for three months accomplished within two weeks of moving here.”

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Coburn Stories

Her Life Is Spinning In Control

“I know my value, period. I know who I am.” Survivor and small business owner Vikki Gladney once lived at Coburn Place. Now she’s at home on a bike.

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Coburn Stories

Breaking Down Barriers

“I was homeless for a year,” says Melissa. “It was hard and scary.” Now, she has safe housing and a job she loves.

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Coburn Stories

Turning Victims into Victors

Meet the amazing women who run the Coburn Place support groups and learn how they help survivors and their children heal.

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Our Commitments

  • Our Work

    Housing First

    We quickly and successfully connect people and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry.

  • Our Work

    Voluntary Services

    We do not require any survivors seeking housing to participate in any programs to obtain or maintain housing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Did Coburn Place used to be an old school?

Yes! Coburn Place was IPS 66, Henry P. Coburn. It opened in 1915 for students and closed in the late 1970s.

How many apartments do you have on-site?

We have 35 apartments on-site – 15 studios, 15 two-bedrooms, and five three-bedrooms.

How long can clients receive housing support?

Onsite: Clients can live rent- and utility-free for nine months, with three-month lease renewals for up to two years.

Offsite: Clients can receive rent and utility assistance for up to one year.

When can clients start receiving support services?

Our support services are available to all survivors as soon as they are accepted into the program.

How long is your waitlist?

We don’t have a waitlist. Survivors are generally referred to us as we have space by partner shelters and organizations or through the city. We can serve 35 families on-site and up to 45 families in the community at any given time.

Do you only serve women?

No! Coburn Place serves all people impacted by domestic violence regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or religion.

Do you only serve clients in Indianapolis?

We serve clients in Central Indiana – Marion County and the surrounding counties.

Where does your funding come from?

Our funding comes from a mix of federal, state and private foundations as well as individual donors, corporations, civic groups and faith-based groups. For more information or to make a donation, visit Get Involved.

Our Partners

In addition to direct services from our advocates, survivors can access resources from our national and community partners.

National partners

National Domestic and Sexual Violence Technical Assistance Consortium

National Alliance for Safe Housing

National Network to End Domestic Violence

Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence


Domestic Violence Network

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Childcare Answers


Indiana University Dental School

Education, tutoring, literacy, financial literacy

Brightlane Learning

Christel House Doors Program

Indy Reads

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

John H. Boner Neighborhood Centers


Dress for Success

Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana Excel Center

Housing resources, advocacy, shelter, funding and policy

City of Indianapolis

Coalition of Homeless Intervention and Prevention

Department of Metropolitan Development

Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana

Healthnet Homeless Initiative Program

Indiana Housing Authority

Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

The Julian Center

Partners in Housing

Pedcor Property Management

Salvation Army

Immigrant services

Immigrant Welcome Center

The Latino Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Legal, victim compensation

Center for Victim and Human Rights

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Social services, therapy, art therapy

Catholic Charities

Indianapolis Art Center