Aurora is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that takes a holistic view and approach to ending homelessness for those in our community. Aurora’s major strategies include evidence-based best practices designed to reduce homelessness with special emphasis on reducing chronic homelessness in our community. All strategies are directly tied to the CES (Coordinated Entry System) CoC (Continuum of Care) model. Aurora maintains multiple programs that target the barriers leading to Vanderburgh County families becoming homeless. Unlike many other organizations in Vanderburgh County, we are the only Host of several programs and we Champion many others, like Diversion and CES. The Region 12 Homeless Service Council voted unanimously with confidence to endorse Aurora’s application to apply for this Housing First Grant. Aurora is the only agency in Region 12 to receive this endorsement because of it’s proven practices and experience with the homeless, Rapid Rehousing (RRH) and the only dedicated street outreach team. In 2016, Aurora was named “Non-Profit of the Year” by the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Leadership Evansville named Aurora the “Organization of the Year” (this category included all for profit and nonprofit organizations). Aurora follows best practices for preventative measures for families and how to quickly and effectively permanently re-house (Housing First and Critical Time Intervention) those who become homeless while providing intensive case management. All Aurora’s programs use the Housing First and Critical Time Intervention approach. Aurora strives to maintain a relationship with the local landlord association, Property Owner and Management Association (POMA), holds meetings with POMA and has a (POMA) member on our board to help develop more and more housing options for our clients. Aurora is leading a new community-wide initiative on Diversion that is being embraced by 24 different agencies including places of faith as well as supported by the mayor’s Commission on Homelessness. Aurora serves the highest barrier, chronically homeless individuals and families, including children, refugees, those with substance abuse, mental health and physical disabilities, veterans and the re-entry population in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. The majority of our clients live transiently within the Evansville Promise Zone boundaries and cannot find success in programs delivered by other agencies without first receiving stabilization housing assistance and intensive case management through Aurora.