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The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. (CHIP) was created in 1996 to advocate for homeless and near-homeless people in Indianapolis and to help organizations that serve them work together more effectively.
CHIP was established based on recommendations in a community-planning document called Linkages: A Strategy for Housing and Employment. Among other recommendations, the plan recommended increasing the supply of affordable housing, establishing homelessness prevention projects, developing an information management system, and greater coordination between housing, services and employment. Linkages also called for the creation of an entity to spearhead action on the plan’s recommendations.
CHIP began with grants from Lilly Endowment Inc., The Indianapolis Foundation and United Way of Central Indiana. During its early years of operation, CHIP conducted a Homeless Count and Survey project that identified the extent and nature of homelessness in Indianapolis. An award-winning Community Education campaign was launched based on the findings in the Homeless Count. CHIP has received grants totaling about three and a half million dollars from Lilly Endowment to create several three year demonstration projects that foster coordination and prevent homelessness. CHIP has partnered with the City to manage the annual application process that awards federal funds to local agencies that serve homeless people. Our applications have always received high ratings and in the past year our application was one of the top five in the nation.
In 2001, CHIP was responsible for leading a community planning process to produce a ten-year strategy for ending homelessness in Indianapolis. The resulting document, the Blueprint to End Homelessness, has received national recognition as a model plan. Mayor Bart Peterson, has pledged his support to work with others to foster implementation of the plan.
CHIP has been designated to serve as the lead entity for Blueprint implementation.