Supportive Housing Community Champion Award Presented to Reverend Forrest Gilmore of Shalom Community Center in Bloomington

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Six supportive housing development teams from across the Hoosier state completed the 10th Annual Indiana Supportive Housing Institute last week held by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).

The teams shared plans to develop supportive housing developments in South Bend, Evansville, Plainfield. and Indianapolis.

“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,” said Lori Phillips-Steele, CSH Director in Indiana. “The Institute produces local, community-based teams to advance the development of supportive housing. The ultimate winners are those in our state 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 six teams are made up of the following partners:

Project Lead: Englewood CDC
Partner Organizations: Community Health Network and A Place Empowering People, Inc. (PEP)
Location: Indianapolis
Population: Chronically Homeless

Project Lead: South Bend Heritage Foundation
Partner Organizations: Oaklawn and City of South Bend
Location: South Bend
Population: Chronically Homeless

Project Lead: ECHO Housing
Partner Organizations: ECHO Community Healthcare, Aurora, Inc. and Crestline Communities
Location: Evansville
Population: Chronically Homeless

Project Lead: RealAmerica
Partner Organizations: Sheltering Wings and Cummins Behavioral Health Systems
Location: Plainfield
Population: Chronically Homeless

Project Lead: Mercy Housing
Partner Organizations: Adult & Child Health Services and Mercy Housing Management Group
Location: Indianapolis
Population: Chronically Homeless

Project Lead: Woda-Cooper
Partner Organizations: Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) and Woda Management & Real Estate
Location: Indianapolis
Population: Homeless Veterans

In addition to the groups presenting their plans, the Institute Finale honored individuals and organization excelling in supportive housing throughout Indiana.

Excellence in Supportive Housing Design and Delivery Award
NWI Veterans Village Supportive Services Team
Gary, Indiana

Supportive Housing Management Leadership Award
Raye Rauckman
Mental Health America of Vigo County
Terre Haute, Indiana

Excellence in Supportive Housing Development Award
Englewood Community Development Corporation
Indianapolis, Indiana

Supportive Housing Community Champion Award
Reverend Forrest Gilmore
Shalom Community Center
Bloomington, Indiana

The Institute depends on the generosity and commitment of local sponsors for support. Sponsors for the 2019 Institute include:

Supportive Housing Institute Premier Sponsor
Anthem

Supportive Housing Institute Champion
Indiana Family and Social Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Supportive

Supportive Housing Partner
Cinnaire

Supportive Housing Institute Community Builders
Kuhl & Grant, LLP, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and MDWise

Supportive Housing Institute Friends
CareSource and Butler Human Services

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 over 1,300 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.

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