As the temperatures dropped low enough in Indianapolis for outreach workers to scour the streets in search of people sleeping outside to invite indoors, a new supportive housing development named Penn Place opened to serve people facing chronic homelessness and those who are frequent users of emergency services.
This 38-unit housing first apartment complex is the story of a large group of committed partners collaborating to identify and house the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.
This robust team includes BWI Development, Insight Development, Indianapolis Housing Agency, Eskenazi Health Midtown Mental Health and Pedigo Health Center, Horizon House, The Pour House, The Indianapolis Housing Task Force, the Professionally Blended Outreach team, the Indianapolis Continuum of Care and CSH.
Dr. Dennis Watson of the Center for Health Policy at IUPUI, in partnership with the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, is delivering training and technical assistance services to Penn Place as part of a federally funded study. CSH is providing on-going technical assistance.
Special thanks to the funders supporting this community partnership including the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI) and their member bank Merchants, IHCDA, the equity partner PNC, Indianapolis Housing Agency, HUD, the City of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Continuum of Care (CoC) , and Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
Penn Place is truly a community effort – one that ensures barriers to a stable home are eliminated for those who have faced extreme challenges and trauma. We celebrate the partnerships that made it possible and the bright future for those who are finding new lives in their very own apartments.
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