2017 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute Unleashes Development Potential
Five supportive housing development teams from across the Hoosier state have completed the 2017 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute hosted by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and CSH. Plans to develop supportive housing were presented by teams from Elkhart, Plymouth, Indianapolis, Martinsville and Columbus.
“The process of creating this type of affordable housing can be incredibly complex,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. “Through the Institute we, along with CSH, have the unique opportunity to work alongside development teams, before they submit a funding application, to support them in their efforts to create housing that will benefit individuals and families experiencing long-term and chronic homelessness.”
Started in 2008, the Indiana Supportive Housing Institute is a partnership between IHCDA and CSH. The Institute is the signature vehicle for creating new units of supportive housing across Indiana.
“Our strong partnership with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has ensured the success and growth of the Institute model to a point where it’s now being replicated to create even more supportive housing in our state,” said Lori Phillips-Steele, CSH Director in Indiana. “The Institute produces local, community-based teams that are ready, willing and able to advance supportive housing. The winners are those facing homelessness who, as a result of the intense training that propels our teams forward, will find a home and support services keeping them housed, healthy and moving toward better lives.”
The five teams are made up of the following partners:
Elkhart: Oaklawn, LaCasa and the City of Elkhart
Plymouth: Bradley Company, Bowen Center, Garden Court, the City of Plymouth and Plymouth Community Schools
Indianapolis: Partners In Housing Development Corporation, Midtown Mental Health, Adult & Child, Gennesaret Clinic, and Community Construction
Martinsville: LIFEDesigns, Milestone Ventures, Home Bank, Valenti Real Estate and South Central Community Action Program
Columbus: Thrive Alliance, Centerstone, and the City of Columbus
In addition to IHCDA and CSH, the Institute depends on the generosity and commitment of local sponsors for support. Sponsors for the 2017 Institute included: Premier Sponsors Anthem, Indiana Family and Social Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction; Supportive Housing Partners Cinnaire and CareSource; Community Builders MDWise, Kuhl & Grant, LLP, PNC and Ice Miller; Friends of the Institute Butler Human Services, Old National Bank (ONB), and Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI).
The Indiana Supportive Housing Institute is an important element of the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative (IPSHI), which was launched by IHCDA and CSH in 2008 to further the strategy to end long-term and recurring homelessness. The focus is on funding lasting solutions instead of stop-gap programs.
Since the initiative began, seven classes of teams have graduated, resulting in over 1,400 permanent supportive housing units added or under development in the state. This has helped to contribute to a significant (38%) reduction in chronic homelessness in Indiana.