Housing means different things to different people, based upon their own personal experiences. Some define housing as a place to lay their head, while others define it with greater depth to include the values associated with a place to call home. Based upon these experiences, whether positive or negative, we all want a place that is ours – a warm bed, a shower, clothing, a kitchen, a yard, an efficiency, an apartment, or a house.
As we are in the midst of this winter season, watching the latest television episode and snuggling up in our warm cozy chair, nearly six-thousand people in Indiana are homeless – living on the streets, living in a shelter, or living in a place not meant for human habitation. How does this impact Aspire Indiana and the counties that we serve?
- 157 homeless in Madison County (Anderson/Elwood)
26 homeless in Hamilton County (Noblesville/Carmel)
- 5 homeless in Boone County (Lebanon)
- 96 homeless Veterans in Hamilton and Madison counties
At Aspire, we take great pride in the work that we do to help fight homelessness. Today, Aspire provides safe, affordable housing to over 300 individuals in the communities we serve. Programs range from bricks and mortar (apartments and scattered site housing) to financial assistance (rent, security deposit, utility, and/or utility deposit).
The question is: What about the future and those that continue to show up in shelters or unstable housing situations?
This year, please help Aspire in moving forward in providing additional affordable housing to veterans, families, and individuals. Remember what home means to you, that peaceful feeling that you get on a Friday night driving “home.”
Please help assist others in obtaining safe, affordable housing by donating:
$50 will provide bedding essentials for homeless individuals or one month of utility assistance
- $150 will offer one month of safe, affordable housing for an individual
- $400 will provide extermination for infestation of bed bugsTo donate visit www.igg.me/at/Aspire-Homeless.
About the authors:
Melissa Stayton is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Aspire Indiana. You can follow her on Twitter @MelissaStayton.
Tonya Nichols is a Marketing/Development Associate at Aspire Indiana. You can follow her on Twitter @TonyaNichols03.
The opinions expressed above are strictly those of Ms. Stayton and Ms. Nichols. Visit Aspire Indiana on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AspireIndiana, and follow Aspire on Twitter @AspireIndiana.