I had the opportunity to participate in the launch of a public media awareness/action campaign regarding the issue of homelessness – Know Outlets. I am a board member of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) and we provided a sneak peek preview of this campaign at our annual Celebration. The total civic response public awareness campaign was developed to give people who live, work, and visit downtown Indianapolis the opportunity to make a real difference in the effort to make homelessness rare, short-lived and recoverable. The campaign will help people Know the Outlets to respond when faced with individuals in need of service rather than responding to passive solicitation or panhandling. The campaign will channel collective community donations to assist those in need with a hand up rather than a hand out by directly supporting service providers.
I will learn more information in November when the campaign is officially launched and the donation boxes are in place.