Solutions Beyond Shelter Overview
Tippecanoe County has been hard at work on addressing the issues of homelessness in our community. A Core Group was formed to conduct a thorough, thoughtful and intentional exploration of implementation strategies to prevent and end homelessness. This process is called a Charrette. The Charrette was conducted by Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and began with community meetings to narrow down key issue areas around homelessness in Tippecanoe County and the surrounding areas. Once the key areas had been selected an intense week long Charrette process ensued as a method to analyze, discern and make difficult decisions about moving forward on complicated and complex issues. The meetings were open to the public and all input and recommendations from community members went into the final recommendations from Corporation for Supportive Housing. This Solutions Beyond Shelter plan will be used to create implementation strategies on ways to address, prevent, and end homelessness in our community. Click here to view the complete plan.
Housing-From Homelessness to Permanent Housing
Every year over 900 individuals in Tippecanoe County who face homelessness are served by agencies that provide shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, or supportive services.
Interagency Coordination and Access
For communities, coordinated or centralized access can help to reduce duplication of services and provide a clear picture of the housing needs. For consumers, having a clear access point can lessen the burden of navigating the system and receiving services.
Health- Physical Health, Mental Health and Addictions
People who face homelessness frequently report significant health problems. Locally 66% report either substance abuse and/or mental health problems while 46% report chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer.
Once a family or individual enters a shelter, not only is it difficult to move out with a positive outcome, it is also an expensive intervention. Often time providing small amounts of prevention financial assistance, case management, and mediation can keep a household in their current housing and prevent homelessness.
Approximately 390 people return from incarceration to Tippecanoe County every year. Many struggle to find employment because of their criminal record as well as other barriers. Those who are discharged from prison or jail who are unable to secure employment and housing often return to their same criminal situation prior to arrest. Those with the stability of housing and income are less likely to re-offend.
Education, Employment, and Training
Education, employment, and training are critically important to ensuring that people experiencing homelessness are able to secure and maintain employment to support their families and be able to engage in the life of the community. A barrier of poor or limited work histories coupled with low wage jobs presents a challenge to self-sufficiency.
Resources for 10 year plans to end homelessness
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness