Assessing Community Progress on the Blueprint to End Homelessness

Assessing Community Progress on the Blueprint to End Homelessness

In 2002, the Indianapolis Housing Task Force published the Blueprint to End Homelessness, an ambitious 10-year strategy to end homelessness in Indianapolis by 2012. The Blueprint called for regular reports and evaluation of progress toward the Blueprint’s goals. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), charged with moving the Blueprint forward, has completed its own annual Community Progress Reports for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

This report does not seek to replicate or evaluate these or any of the many previous reports CHIP has facilitated. We take what is presented in the previous reports as accurate and eminently useful. The annual Community Progress Reports, in particular, already serve as good evaluations of progress toward the Blueprint goals.

Instead, this report seeks to identify issues not yet covered, areas where data have not been collected, areas where data collection could be improved, or areas where existing data have not yet been analyzed for the purpose of assessing Blueprint goals. We have gathered and analyzed new qualitative and quantitative data from CHIP, stakeholders, the homeless, and other sources to provide additional measures of progress toward achieving the various goals stipulated in the Blueprint and to establish new measures for future assessment.

Besides qualitative interviews with samples of stakeholders and homeless, we collected census data on affordable housing for Marion County, the U.S., and four other comparison counties. We conducted a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis of CHIP’s annual Community Progress Reports. CHIP also provided nine years’ worth of client data from the Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS). Finally, we collected progress reports from other jurisdictions implementing ten-year/community plans and looked at those.

The overarching goal of the Blueprint has not been achieved. Homelessness has not been eliminated and will not be eliminated by the 2012 date established in the Blueprint. Progress has been and continues to be made in many areas, though. It is hoped this report will help the community as it moves forward with creating a new strategic plan. 

PUBLICATION DATE: 2017