Strategic Merger Helps Indiana Advance the War on Poverty
Founded in 2004, the Indiana Institute for Working Families
(Institute) is a program of the Indiana Community Action Association
(IN-CAA). The Institute conducts research and promotes public policies to help Hoosier families achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency and is the only statewide program in Indiana that combines research and policy analysis on federal and
state legislation, public policies, and programs impacting low-income
working families with education and outreach. The Institute focuses on the following areas: public policy research and analysis; advocacy, education, and information; and national, statewide,
and community partnerships.
However, the Institute has not always been a program of IN-CAA. The Institute was originally a program of the Indiana Coalition on Housing and Homeless Issues (ICHHI). In 2009, ICHHI closed its doors after 23 years due to a decline in funding. Dedicated staff tried to place ICHHI’s programs strategically in new organizations. Most programs were placed with the state housing authority or the state association for community economic development.
ICHHI and the audience and clients it served were quite
different from whom the Institute was trying to serve and therefore it was not the best fit. So when the Institute was looking for a new
home it wanted to be housed within an organization that was a better fit.
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