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Canceled: Helping with Housing: How congregations can partner to fight homelessness

Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis

Monday, February 24, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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This event has been canceled in order for all available to attend the City-County Council meeting at 7pm at 200 E Washington Street (Indianapolis) on Monday, February 24 in support of Proposals 40 and 41 that give tenants a voice in eviction proceedings.  Ensuring those two proposals pass can have a great impact on homelessness caused by evictions.  Just show up to the meeting!  An email is being sent to previously registered attendees of this homelessness event with info on how they can connect with any agency that was presenting.

Dear Friends of Faith,


On a night in January 2019, more than 1,500 of our Indy neighbors were living in places not meant for habitation.  In fact, family shelters in Indianapolis each receive more than 10 calls a day from families with no place to go.


But did you know, a family shelter is beginning to utilize congregation partners to rent apartments for homeless families?  Or that another agency does street outreach every day to individuals that society has seemingly forgotten, with award-winning housing retention rates?  Or that another group is putting together Indy's first tiny house village?


Nonprofit agencies are responding to the crisis of homelessness with innovative solutions, but they need your help.  We invite any clergy or concerned member of a congregation to attend this event to learn more about homelessness in Indianapolis, and what your congregation can do to help with housing.


The building is accessible, but please send any special audio/visual presentation in advance to so we can accommodate them.  Parking is free in the church parking lot, and please enter the double doors on the semi-circle drive (the front doors of the church), then turn right to find the Great Hall.  There is no cost to attend this meeting.


It is amazing what the faith communities can do, especially in partnership with nonprofit agencies in the field.  Thank you for considering joining us!


With hope and gratitude,


Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (organizer), with guest agencies Horizon House and Communitas North America


More on the presenting nonprofit agencies in the homelessness field:


Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (FPGI) -

Presenting on family homelessness, FPGI operates a homeless shelter program for families with children called the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which include congregations of all faith traditions.  The organization trains, equips, and schedules congregations to host families for a week at a time in their own faciltiies--Sunday school rooms, choir rooms, and more.  They will be presenting on a new pilot project, seeking congregation sponsors for an east-side apartment they will use as a shelter beginning July 1, needing help to furnish it, turn it over between families, and support the families staying there.


Horizon House -

Presenting on individuals experiencing homelessness, Horizon House is a provider of day services from outreach to housing, located in downtown Indianapolis. They work to provide a safe place and convenient access to services such as nourishment, clothing, showers, case support, job readiness, and so much more. These services are ongoing, help create changes in lives, and empower people toward more self-sufficiency. The mission of Horizon House is to provide help with meeting neighbors where they are, inspiring hope by offering integrated, comprehensive services, as well as find home by facilitating access to a more permanent and affordable housing solution.


Communitas North America -

Presenting on innovative projects, Communitas North America (CNA) representative Leon Longard is a missionary with CNA: a collective of pioneers passionate about helping fellow pioneers form faith communities that think, care, and act like Jesus.  He has been working on projects to address the issue of homelessness in Indianapolis since 2013. He believes that building community is key to helping those transitioning out of homelessness find a more stable and sustainable life. In partnership with Lynhurst Baptist church, he is leading a team that is planning a tiny house village on the west side of Indianapolis to provide housing and community for those transitioning out of homelessness. He also leads Diakonos Community, which is working with low income housing communities to help build community among their residence and encourage their path toward recovery from homelessness.  Though Christian, the projects can be replicated by communities of any faith.

Have questions about Canceled: Helping with Housing: How congregations can partner to fight homelessness? Contact Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis

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Old Bethel United Methodist Church
7995 E. 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Monday, February 24, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis

We are a partnership of congregations and community organizations responding to the crisis of children and their families who are homeless. We work to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis.

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