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No Place Like Home Jan 2012

No Place Like Home Jan 2012

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J
ANUARY
2012
 S
OCIAL
IMPACT
 
R
ESEARCH
C
ENTER
 
 
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Social IMPACT Research Center is grateful for the broad spectrum of participation in the PorterCounty Plan to End Homelessness development. The people who have or are currently experiencinghomelessness in Porter deserve special acknowledgement. Their participation in focus groups andfeedback to service providers in Porter County greatly informed this process.The Coalition for Affordable Housing convened large, active groups of members to work through severalplanning meetings. Participation at each planning session was diverse and consistent. We especiallyappreciated the leadership of the plan team for their direction and support moving this plan forwardand engaging community partners to help develop the vision and strategies:
Mario Bustos
Pastor, Valparaiso Mennonite Church
Sharon Kish
President, United Way of Porter County
Caroline Shook
Chief Executive Officer, Housing Opportunities
Barbara Young
President, Porter County Community FoundationAgencies participating in the
Coalition for Affordable Housing
planning meetings include:Catholic CharitiesCity of ValparaisoCommunity Services of Starke CountyDepartment of Veterans AffairsFirst ContactFirst United Methodist Church of ValparaisoGabriel's HornGeminus Head StartHealthLinc Community Health CenterHorizon BankHousing OpportunitiesMental Health America of Porter CountyNew Creation Business AdvocatesPines Village Retirement CommunitiesPorter County Aging and CommunityServicesPorter County Community FoundationPorter County Red CrossPorter-Starke ServicesRebuilding TogetherSalvation Army of Porter CountyThe Caring PlaceUnited Way of Porter CountyVeterans Administration
Authors:
 
The Social IMPACT Research Center’s team, Mary Lu Seidel and Amy Rynell as project lead
s,with research support from Lindy Carrow, Jonah Kushner, Jeffry Fiore, and Ian Mobley.
Funders:
 
The Caring Place, City of Portage, City of Valparaiso, Gabriel’s Horn, Housing Opportunities,
Inc., Porter County Commissioners, Porter County Community Foundation, Porter-Starke Services, Townof Chesterton, and the United Way of Porter County.
The plan can be downloaded from:
Housing Opportunities www.housing-opportunites.comPorter County Community Foundation www.portercountyfoundation.orgPorter-Starke Services www.porterstarke.orgUnited Way of Porter County www.unitedwaypc.orgSocial IMPACT Research Center www.heartlandalliance.org/research
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive Summary: No Place Like Home ............................................................ 2
Development of Porter County’s Plan
................................................................. 4
Homelessness and Risk Factor’s in Porter County
............................................... 9Key Community Input Findings for the Plan ...................................................... 34
Porter County’s 10
-Year Plan to End Homelessness .......................................... 47Implementation of the Plan to End Homelessness ............................................ 54Call to Action .................................................................................................... 56

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