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Solving homelessness in Indy: Are you up to the challenge?

Solving Homelessness in Indy

As Indiana’s only certified B Corporation, Bohlsen Group takes our responsibility to the community seriously. However, we were invested in the community long before our B Corp certification through several initiatives, most notably the Know Outlets campaign to support Indy’s homeless.

Administered by the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, Know Outlets raises funds for gaps where funding may be lacking for individuals experiencing homelessness.

We’ve recently co-sponsored a refurbished parking meter with our landlord, Coastal Partners. As part of this effort, we are helping administer a fundraising competition between businesses in our building to show our support and build awareness about challenges the homeless face in our city and how we all can help. All tenants in our building will receive a donation receptacle and are encouraging employees to donate to the cause.

Funds from the campaign go to support other gaps in funding by service providers, for expenses such as government documentation, utility arrears, or apartment deposits. Often, just a few hundred dollars are all that stand between homelessness and permanent housing for families. If we all can do something to help the effort, more citizens can be moved into permanent housing. We want to do all we can to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness— even a small amount is significant

Since the campaign launch in January 2015, Know Outlets funds have helped 27 families transition to permanent housing in Indianapolis. However, with a homeless population of up to 8,000 estimated in Indianapolis, there is still much work to do. Homelessness is not a problem that we can come close to solving without getting everyone involved. If you’d like to replicate a similar competition in your building or have a creative idea of how you can support the Know Outlets campaign, we’d love to hear it!

by Karen Hurt

For more information on the campaign, visit knowoutlets.org.

To read a case study about Bohlsen Group’s work behind the Know Outlets campaign, click here.

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