Vision 1505 is a new housing development being undertaken by a partnership between the Evansville Housing Authority and Aurora, Inc. to provide permanent supportive housing for families who are experiencing homelessness. Flaherty and Collins was contracted to renovate the former Vanderburgh County Corrections Safe House into new energy efficient one, two and three bedroom apartments. Flaherty and Collins will also provide enhanced property management services. This team graduated from the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute in 2009.
All of this started with the vision of Tim Kempf. Tim heard a radio commercial on WIKY from Aurora regarding homelessness and went in the next day to talk with Executive Director Luzada Hayes. She talked with him about the need for family supportive housing and Tim purchased a property that he donated to the Evansville Housing Authority for this purpose. This is the site of Vision 1505, located at 1505 N.W. Third Ave.
The new property includes green/sustainable features such as high efficiency heating and cooling systems, green space for resident use including room for community garden, rain barrels for irrigation of garden area, and a recycle center in the community room.
Vision 1505 will be operated on a housing first model, offering supportive services on-site and making outside referrals as needed.