History of IHN
Reverend Patricia Eller, a Methodist minister, recognized a need to server the homeless in Springfield and Clark County. As a result Reverend Eller's vision, Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of Springfield, Inc. was founded in October, 1990.
Norm's Place contains nine bedrooms with space for 35 beds. One bedroom is handicap accessible. The number of people who can be housed at a given time varies based on family composition and ages of children.
The Hartley House facility has space to house 36 single men.
Essential to IHN's shelter program is the participation and commitment of churches in our network. Church members prepare and serve meals, provide transportation to special events, spend time interacting with guests (playing games with children and talking with adults), and many other essential services.
IHN Operates under the Housing First Model
Housing First is a model of housing assistance that centers on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing first and then providing voluntary services as needed and desired. We operate under the assumption that everyone is ready for housing.
In addition to the basic idea of providing housing first, Critical elements, include:
- Rapid exit from homelessness
- Minimal barriers to program entry
- Voluntary Supportive Services
- Housing Focused Assistance