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Welcome to the Homelessness Library Guide.
Explore this guide to find research articles on homelessness-, streaming videos, and local organizations that help and advocate for homeless persons in Bloomington and Monroe County.
The library has several books on homelessness and poverty.
Sociology (Films on Demand).
Films on African American studies, Asian American studies, introduction to sociology, Latino studies, Native American studies, social environments & change, social inequality, social institutions, social structure, social work, Women's and gender studies
Browse Films on Demand for streaming videos or search using keywords such as:
Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
A multi-disciplinary scholarly database containing full-text articles from nearly 4000 peer-reviewed journals covering many disciplines such as computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and more.
Research Library (ProQuest)
Full-text peer-reviewed articles from a broad range of academic subjects including arts, business, children, education, general interest, health, humanities, international, law, military, multicultural, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests.
Local News Sources
Several local news outlets have covered the issue of homelessness in the Bloomington/Monroe County area.
Search government Websites for laws, official information, documents, reports, events, and activities related to the issue of homelessness.
Local Service Organizations
Community Organization Database
Search the Community Organization Database by Monroe County Public Library to find information about local non-profit organizations that provide services to homeless persons in the Bloomington/Monroe County area.
Try searching keywords such as homeless persons, shelters, soup kitchens, health services, etc.
A Bloomington, IN based not-for-profit United Way agency that provides residential and outpatient services for people with drug and alcohol addiction and problem gambling issues.
A Friend's Place
A Friend’s Place is the only nonreligious, emergency overnight shelter for adults (18 and over) in Bloomington, IN. Provided by the Shalom Community Center. Located at 919 S Rogers Street.
Interfaith Winter Shelter
A low-barrier winter shelter for homeless individuals in Monroe County.
Middle Way House
Provides emergency shelter and services for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. 24-hour Crisis Line: (812) 336-0846
Shalom Community Center
an all-inclusive resource center in Bloomington, IN for people who are living in poverty and experiencing its ultimate expressions: hunger, homelessness, and a lack of access to basic life necessities. Programs include a day-shelter, hunger relief, an emergency overnight shelter (A Friend's Place), and re-housing.
South Central Community Action Program (SCAAP)
A nonprofit organization serving low-income families in Monroe, Morgan, Owen and Brown counties. Programs include Head Start, Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Health Insurance Enrollment, Individual Development Account and Section 8 programs.
An independent non-profit that offers transitional housing and supportive services to youth between the ages of 16-20 experiencing homelessness.
United Way of Monroe County
A nonprofit that collaborates with local member agencies to provide low income families with programs to improve education, employment, and basic needs.
Wheeler Mission Ministries (formerly Backstreet Missions)
A non-denominational, Christian, social services organization, which provides critically needed goods and services to the homeless, poor, and needy of central Indiana .
National Coalition for the Homeless
A national network of people who are committed to preventing and ending homelessness and protecting the civil rights of people who are experiencing homelessness.
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
A national organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to end and prevent homelessness and to protect the rights of people experiencing homelessness
National Low Income Housing Coalition
An organization dedicated to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
The Alliance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development. An online platform for providing program information, guidance, services, and tools to state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and others.
US Department of Veteran Affairs. Resources for homeless veterans.