Harvard Releases State of the Nation’s Housing 2015

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University has released The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015 and this is what it says about our PROGRESS IN REDUCING HOMELESSNESS and the role supportive housing is playing, effectively getting people off our streets and keeping them housed:

“The lack of affordable housing in the United States continues to leave nearly 600,000 people homeless. More than a third are people in families, including 130,000 children under the age of 18. By comparison, chronically homeless individuals (those who have been without a place to live for at least a year or have had repeated episodes of homelessness over the past few years) account for a much smaller share (15 percent) of the homeless population. Recent increases in federal funding have aided progress in reducing both homelessness overall and among the most vulnerable groups. Indeed, the number of beds in permanent supportive housing expanded 60 percent between 2007 and 2014, to over 300,000. Beds for the chronically homeless accounted for just over half of this increase. As a result, total homelessness fell 11 percent in 2007–14, the number of homeless veterans dropped 19 percent, and the number of chronically homeless individuals was down by 30 percent. At the same time, however, the number of homeless people in families declined by only 8 percent.

But the national reduction in homelessness is not apparent in all markets. Rising rents and a dwindling supply of affordable rentals continue to put people at risk, especially in high-cost locations. Indeed, total homelessness jumped by 29 percent in New York and 40 percent in Massachusetts between 2007 and 2014. The increase in the District of Columbia was even larger, at 46 percent. Family homelessness is particularly acute in major cities, which were home to 45 percent of this population in 2014. New York City headed the list with 41,600 homeless people in families, or nearly 20 percent of the national total.”


New Markets Tax Credits Allocated to CSH

CSH Awarded $40 Million New Markets Tax Credits

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announced it has awarded $40 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to CSH as part of the 2014 round.

“The Department of Treasury has given us the tools to leverage even more resources to spur the creation of supportive housing,” said CSH President and CEO Deborah De Santis. “Not only will we be able to create the dynamic to house vulnerable people facing instability, this award will help us fulfill our goal of bringing healthcare services to hundreds more who need to access it.”

De Santis explained NMTC allocations can be used to develop facilities such as health care centers, which complement the medical and mental health services often made available to residents of supportive housing.

Thus far, CSH has used NMTC investments to leverage and add to other resources, which in turn have created about 200 units of supportive housing across the country, and enabled 15,000 healthcare visits for those facing homelessness and other forms of housing instability. In addition, CSH investments have generated approximately 800 high-quality permanent and construction jobs in communities.

To learn more about our use of NMTC to promote supportive housing, please see profiles of the Bell Building in Detroit, MI and Paseo Verde in Philadelphia, PA.

With the new award, CSH will address a number of supportive housing projects currently in the pipeline for development and estimates adding another 150 – 200 units of affordable housing, including supportive housing, and an additional 100,000 – 125,000 healthcare visits for those facing homelessness and housing instability.

“The investments made possible by today’s awards will have significant impact nationwide,” said Annie Donovan, Director of the CDFI Fund.

To learn more about CSH’s New Markets Tax Credit strategy visit our lending page or contact our Community Investment Team.

“CSH gets it when it comes to supportive housing and they are willing to work in partnership with developers to tailor their support and products to get the deal done.” Joe Heaphy, NSO (Bell Building) Vice-President of Real Estate Development and Management

Commonwealth Apartments


The Commonwealth Apartments is an adaptive reuse of the historic Lucretia Mott School in Indianapolis, Indiana into 32 units of mixed income housing. Ten of the apartments are set-aside for supportive housing tenants. The mix in size of the units – efficiencies and 1-bedroom up to 3-bedroom family units enable a diverse household type in the development to meet the needs of the surrounding community. The Commonwealth Apartments is a component of a larger area plan to redevelop the near east-side of Indianapolis in conjunction with the Super Bowl Legacy project.

6th Annual Indiana Supportive Housing Institute Begins

The Indiana Supportive Housing Institute began during the first week of April with a focus on supportive housing programs that will address the needs of people experiencing homelessness, people with high medical vulnerability, and frequent users of emergency systems.

Five teams are participating in the 2015 Institute from South Bend, Porter County, Lafayette, Bloomington, and New Albany.

305_Ray 2_15Ray Lay, an Indiana Certified Recovery Specialist and VA Peer Support Specialist, is serving as one of the Institute trainers and spoke at this session. As a current supportive housing tenant through the HUD VASH program, Ray has been in recovery for eight years and works tirelessly to help others find their path to wellness. He shared some of his background with the Institute teams and the role that housing and support has played in his life.

“I have slept on the ground in many, many places, and I can tell you that being in your own home makes you want to do more. So I do a lot to fight stigma and help others,” Ray commented when asked why he is so committed to sharing his lived experience with others.

The Institute is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Staff from both agencies are actively involved in the learning process with Institute teams, helping groups think through how to make the largest impact possible in their community. 305_Jake 2_15Jake Sipe, IHCDA Executive Director, addressed the teams at this session and spoke about a study on supportive housing conducted by the University of Southern Indiana. This study demonstrated that the supportive housing in Evansville, IN has been incredibly cost effective, in addition to being beneficial for residents and the community. Including the costs associated with housing and providing services to households, supportive housing has saved thousands of dollars due to residents no longer needing to depend on emergency services.

305_Lafayette Great_15The Institute will include four additional sessions and a peer to peer trip, concluding with a finale in August where each team will share their vision for their supportive housing project. Participants are learning both inside and outside of sessions, thanks to online courses created by the CSH Training Center, with support from our sponsors. We want to thank our generous sponsors for their commitment to state-wide capacity building:

Supportive Housing Leader

Great Lakes Capital Fund

Supportive Housing Partners 

Kuhl and Grant LLP, Attorneys at Law

Old National Bank

Community Builders    

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

City Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

Butler Woodcrafters

Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis


Guidon Design


Liberty Village, Serving Frequent Users in Terre Haute

Liberty Village, a 30 unit supportive housing development in Terre Haute, Indiana will serve frequent users of emergency services and Veterans. Funded by capital and operational support from the Indiana Housing Community Development Authority, this development will be for both individuals and families, with a breakdown of 20 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 2 three-bedroom units. This project will begin construction on February 1, 2015 with plans to open during the winter of 2016 and be fully occupied by June 15, 2016. All tenants will be offered accessible, voluntary services by staff who will engage the residents and get to know what types of supports will be helpful.

Terre-Haute-Team_1-300x200The Liberty Village development team, pictured to the left, participated in the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute sponsored by IHCDA, and received a CSH $359,000 pre-development loan. This team includes Mental Health America of Vigo County, Hamilton Center, Inc, TWG Development, LLC, and Indiana State University. Liberty Village will be the third supportive housing development for Mental Health America of Vigo county.

Under the leadership of Myra Wilkey, Mental Health America of Vigo County Executive Director, this team is an inspiration and role model to any community looking to address ending homelessness by ensuring that the most vulnerable community members are able to obtain and maintain housing.

CSH is thrilled to announce this supportive housing project and looks forward to seeing it open in 2016. Click here to read local coverage about the Liberty Village ground-breaking event.

CSH Welcomes Megan Maxwell-Ranjbar in Indiana

CSH is proud to welcome Megan Maxwell-Ranjbar to the team as a Program Manager in Indiana. Megan has extensive experience in the field with a strong background in development, providing technical assistance, and nine years of experience of creating quality supportive housing in Indiana.

For the past three years, Megan served as the Director of Property Development for Partners in Housing Development Corporation in Indianapolis. She successfully managed direct activities for development projects, including acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction. Megan prepared budgets, completed underwriting for several deals, administered capital grants, prepared loan applications, and managed finances of development activities. In this role, she brought her understanding of funding sources and how to best put together a project along with her robust understanding of vulnerable populations, and the roles of property management and supportive services.

During her time at Partners in Housing, Megan served as a  member of the Indianapolis CoC, the Indianapolis Coordinated Access Steering Committee, and the Indianapolis CoC Program Application and Technical Assistance Committee.

While working for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Megan created integrated application forms with CSH to lead teams through Supportive Housing Institutes with a holistic approach to developing high quality supportive housing projects in Indiana. This meant that teams who completed the homework from the Institute had also completed most of their funding applications for IHCDA, and were able to receive feedback along the way to ensure that their proposals were in line with the Indiana Balance of State Continuum of Care and IHCDA objectives. At IHCDA, Megan also provided TA for HUD’s OneCPD programs, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Community Development Block Grants, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

As a Program Manager, Megan will lead the planning and implementation of the Indiana Balance of State CoC Coordinated Access plan; provide technical assistance to development teams; lead training sessions related to coordinated access activities, supportive housing, and ending homelessness; and a host of additional responsibilities to advance solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities.

Welcome aboard, Megan!

Indiana Supportive Housing Institute RFP

CSH: The Source for Housing Solutions is excited to announce its sixth Indiana Supportive Housing Institute.  The 2015 Supportive Housing Institute will address ending homelessness for persons experiencing chronic homelessness, persons with high medical vulnerability and persons who are frequent users of emergency systems. This series will help supportive housing partners learn how to navigate the complex process of developing housing with support services and is expected to reduce the time it takes to obtain funding for supportive housing by improving the planning and development process.  Consideration will be given to both integrated housing (with 25% of the housing set aside for supportive housing) and 100% supportive housing developments.

Indiana Supportive Housing Institute RFP

Indiana Supportive Housing Application 2015

Supportive Housing Institute RFP Webinar Recording 

2015 Institute Orientation Webinar PPT

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ page will be updated as we continue to receive y our questions, so please check back in the future to view updated versions of the FAQ document.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 12, 2014 by 5:00 pm EST.

The 2015 Institute is made possible by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA).

CSH Congratulates Luzada Hayes of Evansville, IN

Luzada Hayes, Executive Director of Aurora, Inc. located in Evansville, will retire in December 2014 with a myriad of accomplishments seen in the systems she has changed, lives she has touched, and vision she has offered for continued success on the path to end homelessness in her community and across the state of Indiana.

Luzada served as the Executive Director of Aurora since 2002, and in that time she led the charge on creating a ten year plan to end homelessness in Evansville and Vanderburgh County called Destination: Home. She also coordinated the update of this plan in 2012, working with CSH to offer a Charrette, or community engagement process that streamlines how communities develop and update plans to end homelessness. Through her tireless advocacy, ending homelessness in Evansville is becoming a reality.

Since its inception in 2013, Luzada has served as the Chair of the Indiana Balance of State Continuum of Care Board. Under her leadership, the Balance of State CoC has successfully received HUD funding, written a charter, developed plans for coordinated access, and found strategic ways to leverage mainstream resources in order to make significant strides toward ending and preventing homelessness.

“Luzada has been an amazing champion.  For over a decade, she has been the moral force to end homelessness in the Evansville community and the state of Indiana.  She is consistently given dignity to our most vulnerable citizens and advocated their need for housing solutions.  Through her leadership, Indiana has made giant strides toward ending homelessness.”

While this phase of her career is over, we look forward to her new role championing a system where homelessness is rare, short in duration and non-reoccuring.

Click here to read local coverage.

Crawford Apartments Wins Lt. Governor’s Award

305_crawford award_14Crawford Apartments, a 25 unit supportive housing development in Bloomington, Indiana, was recognized with the Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development (Urban) at the Annual Statewide Conference on Housing and Community Economic Development.

Named after Mr. Frank “Road Dog” Crawford, a gentleman who passed away while experiencing homelessness in Bloomington, the development targets people who have faced chronic homelessness and multiple barriers. Among other things, LifeDesigns, the Shalom Center, Hayes-Gibson International Property Management, and their partners see this as a strong step toward never allowing another person to die on these streets.

This is a Platinum LEED certified building that offers on site services including connecting tenants to healthcare, employment, and the community at large.

The development team for Crawford Apartments attended the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute and received pre-development funding from CSH. Click here read more about the Crawford Apartments. Click here to read about the impact this development has had on one of the tenants.

Indiana Supportive Housing Institute Finale

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.

305_Institute Audience_14Throughout 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.

305_Indianapolis Team_14The 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.

305_Marion Team_14Located 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.

Terre Haute Team_1Liberty 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.

305_Gary Team_14The 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.

Thank you to our funders!