Frequently Asked Questions
Where do PHI's residents come from?
PHI is committed to serving young women at risk of homelessness. This includes teens who are living in a variety of unstable situations, ranging from currently homelessness to bouncing between friends' and relatives' homes. Their living situations may be an unsafe or inappropriate place to raise a child. Teens must be referred by a case manager, which may be from their school, a healthcare provider, a shelter program, or a social service entity.
Do residents have to be pregnant to live at Project Home Indy? How many children can a resident have?
Teen mothers must be between 15-19 years old at the time of intake. Residents can either be pregnant or have one child who is 3 years old or younger. Unfortunately, PHI cannot accept residents who have multiple children, or those who are pregnant and have children.
What kind of programs does PHI provide?
Using a holistic and culturally sensitive approach, PHI offers programs and activities in the areas of life skills, education, and health care. Programs are offered internally or through community partnerships in order to promote self-sufficiency for our residents. When each resident arrives, they undergo a comprehensive assessment to determine the appropriate type and intensity of services. An on-site case manager works individually with each resident to empower them to continue their education, build parenting skills, and make appropriate community connections.
How long can residents stay?
PHI is designed for residents to stay for up to two years, while moving towards independence and self-sufficiency. However, the two-year milestone is not intended as a deadline, but rather as a guideline–each resident will be evaluated continuously to determine their readiness to move into independent housing.
Our residents will be ready to leave when they have successfully completed education or training goals that are aligned with their personal treatment plan, and are prepared to be stable, nurturing parents with a safe living arrangement and a financial plan in place.
How is PHI funded?
PHI is a private organization, and our funding is diversified. We receive federal and state funding, as well as funding from foundations, grants, fundraising events, and individual donors. Residents who work also contribute a portion of their income to stay at PHI.
Do residents have to pay to live at Project Home?
Project Home Indy provides housing, food and programming at no cost to the resident and her child, unless the resident is employed. If a resident is employed, she will contribute 30% of her income to PHI.
Is there childcare at PHI for the infants and young children?
PHI does not provide on-site childcare. Among other life skills, we believe that it is very important that the residents learn how to find appropriate childcare, and manage their time to coordinate childcare with their school or work schedule. It is also our hope that they will choose a daycare provider that they may be able to work with long-term, after they leave our facility. All of our residents will be eligible for CCDF (a government subsidized childcare voucher), and the case manager will work closely with residents to ensure that they find a daycare that is the best fit for their family.
Can the resident’s family be involved?
Yes, with some important conditions. The residents that choose to stay at PHI will be making a big commitment to move towards self-sufficiency and independence. Some of this process will include rebuilding fractured relationships with family members, but it may also mean distancing themselves from past relationships that have been harmful or destructive. Each resident will work closely with the case manager to create a visitation list, and approved visitors will be permitted to visit at PHI during prescheduled visitation times.
Why are you only serving five families?
We will be serving our young families in a home-like environment as recommended by the best evidence-based practices for this population. Any larger group would create a different atmosphere.