The 2014 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute Finale was held in Indianapolis on June 5, and included a presentation by each participating team representing the communities of Gary, Marion, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute. This Institute, including over 80 hours of training for development teams over the course of six months, was sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)and facilitated by CSH.
Throughout this training series, CSH staff provided technical assistance to teams in the areas of selecting tenants, planning services, developing and operating, employing housing first and harm reduction approaches, and creating project budgets. Three teams will submit applications for tax credits in the housing first round this June and IHCDA has released a project based voucher RFP due in July for teams who have graduated from the Institute.
Rodney Stockment from the IHCDA Research and Development department, and Lori Phillips-Steele, CSH Indiana Program Directors welcomed funders, government partners, supportive housing champions, and team members to this program. A presentation was offered by Danielle Sorden with Shalom Community Center, sharing the vision behind and outcomes from Crawford Homes and Apartments in Bloomington, IN. This supportive housing development houses individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. Please click here to view the presentation.
The team representing Indianapolis, composed of BWI Development & Management, Midtown Mental Health Partners, and Goodwill Industries, presented their vision of integrated housing. This development, Overlook At The Fairgrounds, will have 49 units with 17 supportive housing units, 30 affordable units, and 2 market rate units. Supportive housing units will be for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and have a mental illness or other chronic health condition.
Located adjacent to the Marion VA medical campus, Chambers Park Apartments will house Veterans who are experiencing homelessness and have a disability. The development team includes Building Blocks Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Volunteers of America of Indiana, Medallion Management, Inc., Veterans Administration of Northern Indiana Health Care System, and Milner and Caringella, Inc., Martin-Riley Architects, Keller Development, Inc. and Kreig DeVault, LLP. Chambers Park Apartments will have 50 one-bedroom units, community space for recreation, training, and group meetings, and generous outdoor space for recreation, picnics, and gatherings.
Liberty Village, a proposed 30 unit supportive housing development in Terre Haute, will serve frequent users of emergency services and Veterans. The development team includes Mental Health America of Vigo County, Hamilton Center, Inc, TWG Development, LLC, and Indiana State University. This development will be for both individuals and families, with a breakdown of 20 one bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 2 two-bedroom units. Liberty Village will feature biometric security, on-site laundry, free tenant enrichment programs, outdoor and indoor recreational areas, community areas, a large food pantry and storage areas.
The team representing Gary is led by Sojourner Truth House (STH), a ministry of hope and help for homeless and at-risk women and their children sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Through hospitality, advocacy, integrative services and collaboration, participants improve their quality of life and that of the community in a safe, trusting environment. STH plans to provide 50-60 units of permanent supportive housing for families and individuals with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. This development will follow the housing first philosophy including offering voluntary services, creative engagement, and eviction prevention, all with a harm reduction approach.
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