Housing, Shelter

FAMILY PROMISE OF GREATER INDIANAPOLIS, INC.

Because every child deserves a home

Indianapolis, IN   |  www.fpgi.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Michael Chapuran

Main address

PO Box 441367

Indianapolis, IN 46244 USA

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EIN

35-1909912

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Interfaith Hospitality Network

The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a homeless shelter for children and their caregivers. Families stay for 30 to 90 days, and approximately 70% move out with financial support to sign leases for permanent housing. Unlike traditional shelters, IHN coordinates a schedule of congregations of all faiths to host the families, provide in-kind meals, transportation, and hospitality. This allows IHN to serve almost twice as many families per dollar invested than a static shelter.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people
Budget
$400,000

Family Promise's AfterCare program assists families who have been successfully housed by the IHN Shelter. Families maintain relationships with Family Promise via an AfterCare Case Manager. This relationship is particularly valuable as families continue to stabilize their living situation. Families will be followed for up to 24 months from the time they have left the shelter. This time allows a family to continue to build other supportive relationships in the community.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people
Budget
$75,000

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

AfterCare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Family Promise seeks to help children and their parents/caregivers to secure permanent housing. A professional case manager works with eight families at a time on childcare/school, employment/income, housing, and mental/physical health stability. A follow-up program called AfterCare helps those families retain housing.

Family Promise provides the same strength-based case management common in most shelters, thought with the highest permanent housing rate for 2018 among family homeless shelters. Family Promise is unique because it allocated more than $85,000 per year on direct financial support for families. Families do not call shelter penniless; they call shelter when in debt. Realizing this, Family Promise meets that need by matching savings and investing in families to shorten their shelter stay and incentivize work. The Family Assistance Fund ($85,000+) has paid for work boots, a replacement car battery needed to get to work, bus passes, cell phones, birth certificates, and most importantly, first month's rent when a security deposit is saved. For AfterCare, that same fund can be used to prevent an eviction when a family suffers a situation (e.g., illness, downsizing, etc.) that could lead to another episode of homelessness.

Family Promise has three full-time professional staff to work with families in the shelter and follow-up program, and part-time staff to help run the Day Center where families have laundry, showers, mail boxes, a computer lab, access to a visiting nurse practitioner, homework tutoring, and more. The organization more importantly rests on the support of 60 congregations and 1,500 volunteers who host the families in the evenings 365 days per year. They provide supplies, funding, and hospitality.

Every quarter the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) in Indianapolis publishes an outcomes report with data pulled from the homelessness database that all shelters use to track client information. The report contains metrics like clients served, number housed, length of stay, and clients returning to a shelter within two years. Family Promise seeks to maintain a 70% housing rate, a 45-day length of stay, and 85% housing retention rate while serving 200 total clients each year (including children).

Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis' Board of Directors approved a FY2020-2022 strategic plan. It can be found at www.fpgi.org. It includes the creation of a Landlord Mitigation Fund to decrease the average length of stay to 30 days by 2023. It includes the rental of an apartment to use as an emergency shelter to expand the organization's capacity. Last, it calls for advocacy for policy changes to reduce the eviction crisis that has led Indianapolis to have the second most evictions of any city in the United States.

Financials

FAMILY PROMISE OF GREATER INDIANAPOLIS, INC.
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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

emergency shelter children families homelessness