The Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has awarded St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities with Domestic Violence Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing funds.
Currently St. Elizabeth serves homeless women and children in their emergency shelter program. The agency has created partnerships with the Center for Women and Families and Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana to provide the next steps of support once the immediate crisis of domestic violence is stabilized for women in need of transitional housing or rapid rehousing options. This will not be a crisis shelter but will be the next step of support needed once their crisis is stabilized. The program is estimated to begin in January of 2022.
Over the years St. Elizabeth has adapted their programs to better meet changing needs in the community. A key increase identified over the past few years was a dramatic rise in domestic violence reported among shelter residents. In 2020, 43% of program intakes reported domestic violence as a key factor contributing to their current homelessness. Funding will be specifically used to assist this underserved population through a trauma-informed care approach to begin the healing process, offer intensive case management, and provide transitional housing and rapid rehousing options with the goal of achieving stability and self-sufficiency for these households. All activities and services offered will be provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.
Amanda recently become a single mother, parenting a baby girl. At a young age she left home and stayed with friends and family when they allowed. After becoming a parent, it was more difficult to find someone who would allow her to stay with a small child. With no income and no education Amanda found herself homeless.
Because the Family Stability Program was available for Amanda, she was able to keep her family intact and get her life back on track. She now has a roof over her head, food, as well as guidance and support to find a career path that will allow her to provide for her daughter. Through this program she receives mental health counseling and has become more self confident. She is working now and looks forward to living in a safe and permanent home of her own in the near future. She is proud to be setting an example of self-sufficiency for her child.