A partnership between the city and three local organizations will provide additional space to help Indianapolis' homeless find relief from freezing winter nights.
The Office of Public Health and Safety, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention, Wheeler Mission and Central Christian Church will open a winter night overflow shelter in the church’s gymnasium.
Wheeler Mission can provide shelter for nearly 500 between its Shelter for Men and its Men’s Residential Center. But during the winter months, those locations are often pushed above capacity. Now individuals seeking shelter can check in at the Shelter for Men, where they will be assigned to a bed or transported to an overflow shelter.
The shelter at Central Christian Church will accommodate up to 50 men every night through February. It will be staffed by Wheeler Mission and community volunteers.
Women, including those with children, seeking shelter through winter nights can check in at Wheeler Mission’s Center for Women and Children, 3208 E. Michigan St., where they will be assigned to permanent beds or transported to partner shelters.