WHO WE ARE

Heading Home of South Central Indiana, based at United Way of Monroe County, is a community-wide collaboration working to strengthen housing security and decrease homelessness in this region, including Monroe, Morgan, Lawrence, Owen, Greene and Martin counties.

GUIDED BY THE COMMUNITY-DEVELOPED HEADING HOME PLAN

Launched in 2021, Heading Home’s partners include United Way of Monroe County, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the South Central Housing Network, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County Government, and other community organizations.

The work is guided by the community-developed Heading Home Plan, which identifies system-level issues that can be improved to eliminate barriers to housing or to expedite access. The plan is grounded in the concept of Housing First, which stresses the need for secure housing before other issues can be addressed.

HEADING HOME RECOGNIZES THAT FACTORS CONTRIBUTE TO HOUSING INSECURITY, RANGING FROM FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ISSUES TO EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, AND MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS.

HEADING HOME STAFF

Heading Home’s staff are based at United Way of Monroe County, which provides in-kind logistical support for the initiative.

MARY MORGAN

Director of Housing Security

Mary Morgan is the inaugural Director of Housing Security for Heading Home of South Central Indiana. She currently serves on the boards of the Bloomington Housing Authority, Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, and Downtown Bloomington Inc., and on the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition Steering Committee. A former journalist and graduate of Indiana University, Mary lives in downtown Bloomington with her husband, journalist Dave Askins. 

TATIANA WHEELER

Assistant Director of Housing Security

Tatiana Wheeler is Heading Home’s Assistant Director of Housing Security. A graduate of Indiana University, Tatiana Wheeler studied Law and Public Policy at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She serves on the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth, and on the board of WellSpring, which runs an emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing program in Martinsville.

SHAY BERRY

Cox Scholar Intern

Shay Berry is a freshman from Westfield who is working with Heading Home through Indiana University’s Cox Scholars Program. We’re excited that she’ll be working with us for the next four years!

LIZZIE WRIGHT

Bloomington Press Club Intern

Lizzie Wright is a junior at Indiana University studying Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in German. She hopes to attend law school and eventually work with a nonprofit organization.

HEADING HOME ADVISORY Council

Beverly Calender-Anderson

City of Bloomington Community & Family Resources Director

Dan Combs

Perry Township Trustee

Penny Githens

Monroe County Commissioner

John Hamilton

City of Bloomington Mayor

Tina Peterson

Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County President & CEO

Emily PIke

South Central Housing Network Chair

Angie Purdie

Monroe County Board of Commissioners Administrator

Randy Rogers

United Way of Monroe County President & CEO

Efrat Rosser

Bloomington Township Trustee

Our Partners