The Need & Impact of Family Homelessness

Every month, approximately 200 families in Hamilton County receive eviction notices.

Within Noblesville, recent data indicates 70 schoolchildren are homeless – and the number of children impacted by homelessness is even higher when you consider younger siblings not yet in school.

There is a waiting list of 2 years for Section 8 housing, and there is No section 8 housing available in Carmel.

Every day, families are turned away because shelter programs are at maximum capacity.

Every one of those families has at least one child. Some are sleeping in a car. Some are couch-surfing with family or friends, moving frequently. Others are depleting their little savings at weekly stay motels. 

These families are often hidden from our view. This year, more than 2.5 million children in the United States will experience homelessness. Homelessness increases the likelihood that families will separate or dissolve. It increases the probability that children will fall behind in school, eventually dropping out. As the gap between housing costs and income continues to widen, more and more families are at risk of falling off this figurative cliff.

What is Being Done?

Family Promise of Hamilton County is a nonprofit agency that is part of a larger regional response to this crisis.

While some Hamilton County programs offer resources for adults, the county has no programs geared toward housing and assistance for homeless families. Family Promise of Hamilton County will work to meet this growing need.


Through a collaboration of local churches:

  • Offer temporary housing, meals and transportation
  • Offer mentoring for at-risk families
  • Teach financial literacy
  • Help parents find jobs and affordable housing for their famiy
  • Create programs to meet specific needs in our community