The Interfaith Hospitality Network was incorporated in Colorado Springs in 1996 as the grassroots initiative of local community activists alarmed by the rise of homelessness in the Pikes Peak region. One of over 124 affiliated agencies in 38 states responding to the nation's homelessness crisis, IHN is a member of Family Promise established in New Jersey in 1986. IHN is governed by a local board of directors under an independent 501(c)(3) designation, and relies on the support of the local community to offer its innovative programs and services. IHN's original network of seven participating congregations has grown to 33, which includes 23 hosting congregations and 10 support faith based congregations. Support congregations provide meals and other assistance to hosting congregations. Since hosting its first family twelve years ago, IHN and its partnering congregations have housed more than 1000 parents and children from more than 350 families.