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Groundbreaking in Bloomington, IN

March 1, 2013

LifeDesign and Shalom Center held a groundbreaking ceremony in Bloomington, IN for the Crawford Apartments. This 25 unit supportive housing development will serve people experiencing chronic homelessness and is named after Frank Crawford. Mr. Crawford experienced chronic homelessness and regularly required emergency medical help for various conditions. After dying on the street, his body was found in a dumpster. This upsetting and tragic event is one of many reasons why a team formed in 307_Bloomington_Feb 28Bloomington to work toward providing a solution to ending chronic homelessness in the area. This team completed the 2012 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute and utilized a CSH pre-development initiation loan.

Remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony were offered by the following supportive housing champions:

  • Mayor Mark Kruzan
  • Jack Brummett - Great Lakes Capital Fund
  • Rodney Stockment  - Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority,
  • Mark Bradford - Old National Bank
  • Rebecca Hyink - Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
  • Scott Stowers - South Central Housing Network
  • Chuck Heintzelman - Milestone Ventures

The development team, made up of the following partners, then used great force to break into a very cold ground, along with funding partners:

Development Team

  • LifeDesigns
  • Shalom Center
  • Positive Link, a Program of IU Health Bloomington
  • Centerstone
  • South Central Housing Network
  • Milestone Ventures

Funders

  • Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
  • Great Lakes Capital Fund
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
  • City of Bloomington
  • CSH
  • Old National Bank

Crawford Apartments will open in October, 2013. Mr. Crawford would have been an ideal tenant for this supportive housing development and his memory will live on as people exit homelessness enter into and thrive in permanent housing.

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