Mayor Dennis Tyler welcomed the community to the Walnut Commons ground breaking ceremony on May 29th, and read a proclamation stating at the City of Muncie is committed to ending homelessness and sees permanent supportive housing as one of the most critical elements to a comprehensive strategy. Click here to read the full proclamation.
This 44 unit supportive housing development will house Veterans who are experiencing homelessness and those who are facing chronic homelessness. Daveri Development Group will develop, own and operate the building, Meridian Health Services will provide supportive services, and linkages will be made to the VA on behalf of those with military services. The development team participated in the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute that is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and facilitated by CSH, and the project was awarded a CSH pre-development loan.
Hank Milius, President and CEO of Meridian Health Services, spoke about Meridian's commitment to providing quality primary and behavioral healthcare to tenants. Gerald Cyranowski and Susan Buckingham also spoke about Meridian's work to provide support for the most vulnerable members of the community.
The development will feature a state-of-the-art energy efficient three-story building with on-site office and clinic space for supportive services and property management, as well as a community room, computer areas, laundry facility, bike storage and outdoor patio.
Walnut Commons is primarily funded through IHCDA through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. IHCDA Executive Director Jake Sipe spoke about the placement of this development into a revitalization neighborhood, and how important it is that tenants will have access to nearby amenities. The development also benefited from support from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, with operational support from the Indiana Balance of State Continuum of Care.
Click here to read an article published in The Star Press on May 28th, 2014 about Walnut Commons.
On the left, local service providers from Bridges Community Services and Meridian Health Services pose while celebrating this much needed supportive housing development.