New Paper outlines Best Practices in Health & Housing
In 2017, Indianapolis moved forward to address some of the pressing housing needs that must be achieved to end homelessness. The City and advocates embraced a commitment to house 400 more people through the creation of additional affordable, supportive housing in the community. Housing First became more widely accepted as an effective approach to getting people off the streets and into homes of their own. And a partnership with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and CSH resulted in four developer teams being selected to create a combined 125 permanent housing units for the homeless as part of new affordable housing developments in the City.
Nonetheless, much more work remains to be done. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention in Indianapolis (CHIP) commissioned an analysis last April that found the city
needs nearly 700 permanent supportive housing units available for move-in each year just to keep up with demand. Funding these new units and the services that must accompany them will require local leaders to adopt a strategy that looks beyond traditional sources of expertise and financing to tap into sectors historically absent from the table when housing is discussed. One such sector is health care and this paper outlines a general vision and approach to achieving a more meaningful partnership between housing and health care with the aim of finding new ways to
create additional housing and services in Indianapolis.