WHO WE ARE
Heading Home of South Central Indiana 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 STAFF
Heading Home’s staff are based at United Way of Monroe County, which provides logistical support for the initiative.
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 South Central Housing Network, Bloomington Housing Authority and its Summit Hill Development Corp., Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, and Downtown Bloomington Inc. She is a member of the Hoosier
Housing Needs Coalition Steering Committee, a statewide advocacy group.
A former journalist and graduate of Indiana University, Mary lives in downtown Bloomington with her husband, journalist Dave Askins.
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.
In February 2023, Tatiana received an Outstanding Black Leader of Tomorrow award from the City of Bloomington.
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!
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.