OUR WORK

Heading Home is currently working on several projects to strengthen housing security in our region including Built for Zero, Housing Navigation Resource Guide, Cross-Agency Training, Rental Renovation, and Regional Outreach

built for zero

Heading Home of South Central Indiana has joined Built for Zero, a national network of more than 100 communities working to measurably and equitably end homelessness. With a focus on Monroe and five surrounding counties, this region is the first in Indiana to join Built for Zero. The partnership with Built for Zero will help improve the regional homelessness response system to achieve measurable reductions in how many people are experiencing, and coming into, homelessness.

Many communities look at program-specific outcomes, generally counting the number of people served. The Built for Zero model, instead, looks at the whole system with the goal of coordinating different programs and activities to ensure that the efforts add up to fewer people facing homelessness. The alliance with Built for Zero will support Heading Home and its partners to strengthen the homelessness response system to reach functional zero, a dynamic, measurable end state to homelessness for a population. The goal to reduce homelessness for all populations will begin by reaching functional zero for veterans. Read more about our Built for Zero partnership by clicking the button below.

Built For Zero Partnership

HOUSING NAVIGATION RESOURCE GUIDE

When looking for available and affordable housing in South Central Indiana, tenants struggle to find up-to-date listings. To resolve this issue we have partnered with Myerson Consulting to build a housing navigation resource that provides an accurate, up-to-date guide for people searching for low-income housing.

Housing Choice voucher holders also struggle with finding landlords who will accept their vouchers. In fact, 60% of voucher holders currently can’t find a place that will accept their vouchers. This housing navigation resource guide will also include a list of landlords who are willing to accept vouchers and help mitigate this issue.

cross-agency training

Heading Home has been providing logistical support to the South Central Housing Network. The South Central Housing Network is a collection of people and organizations who work together to provide and coordinate the best possible housing resources and supportive services to those who are most in need. The network covers the counties of Monroe, Morgan, Lawrence, Owen, Greene, and Martin. Members are required to join the network as a condition of receiving federal Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funding.

In the summer of 2022, Heading Home partnered with the South Central Housing Network to create a cross-agency training committee. This committee was formed to identify and address training and professional development needs. Heading Home is working with the committee to offer quarterly trainings, starting in September 2022.

RENTAL RENOVATION

Landlords are experiencing issues with needed repairs that have out-of-reach costs. This rental renovation pilot project aims to increase regional housing units that are accessible to low-income and homeless individuals, specifically residents with health issues, or mental health and substance abuse challenges. We plan to do this by funding renovations of landlord-owned housing units in exchange for long-term master lease agreements with local agencies. This project aims to alleviate the issue of the increasing number of landlords who are declining to accept low-income housing vouchers.

Our long-term goal is to replicate this program in surrounding counties, forming a regional network of landlords who will offer additional housing units in exchange for access to renovation funds.

community outreach

Because housing security is a regional issue, Heading Home staff are doing community outreach in South Central Indiana, meeting with leaders in the six-county region of Monroe, Morgan, Lawrence, Owen, Greene, and Martin. These discussions center on building collaborations to best address regional housing security.

Want to convene housing advocates and decision-makers in your community? Contact Mary Morgan at mary@headinghomeindiana.org.

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