A Home for the Homeless

Image courtesy of  Michelle Meiklejohn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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)
  • Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    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:

  • Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    $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.

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3 Responses to A Home for the Homeless

  1. rebecca says:

    i am a single mother of four i have two weeks to be out of an abusive volitile relationship i am wanting to get on my feet my ex who i still live with made me lose my last 2 jobs i just need help i am a strong independent person and highly motivated to work and do what it takes i want to provide for my children make sure my daughter doesnt follow thsses footsteps and think that how you get treated by men i really need out a sheltr is not an option please i need to know how to apply and how to get in touch with other programs of yours

  2. Karolee Wheeler says:

    Hello. Currently my son is in need of assistance with affordable housing unit. His current residential provider Phoenix Community Supports has served 60 day notice to discontinue services for him. He currently is living in a 3 person supported living site in Anderson Indiana by himself due to his room antes moving out . The rent / bills are more than he can by himself and he is in danger of becoming homeless if we cannot find him affordable housing to move too. The current land lord is not willing to reduce the rent to an affordable rent until other options are in order for him to move. Can Aspire assist him?

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