(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) announced today the five teams that will be participating in the 2020 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. These teams will each establish a plan to develop affordable housing with access to supportive services for the most vulnerable individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
“The Institute continues to be a great, intentional opportunity for organizations to develop detailed, individualized supportive housing plans,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch who serves as IHCDA’s board chair. “This year the focus is on our most vulnerable Hoosiers using local coordinated entry lists.”
Coordinated entry helps communities prioritize assistance based on vulnerability and severity of service needs, to ensure that people who need assistance the most can receive it in a timely manner. The core elements of coordinated entry are access, assessment, prioritization, and referral.
“Coordinated entry aims to ensure greater access to housing and services to those most in need of them,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. “Using coordinated entry lists will allow these developments to more closely address the needs of individuals currently living in these communities.”
Provided below is a list of organizations participating in this year’s Institute:
Lead Organization: Keller Development, Inc.
Partner Organizations: New Generation Management, Inc.; Brightpoint; Lutheran Social Services of Indiana; Parkview Health; and Park Center
Location: Fort Wayne
Lead Organization: Horizon House
Partner Organizations: Gratus Development and Englewood CDC
Lead Organization: UPholdings
Partner Organizations: Southeast Neighborhood Development and Adult & Child Health
Lead Organization: Mental Health America of West Central Indiana
Partner Organizations: Midwest Support Foundation, Inc. and Hamilton Center
Location: Terre Haute
Lead Organization: The Vecino Group
Partner Organizations: Adult & Child Health
Over the next few months, these teams will work closely with IHCDA and CSH through a series of targeted training and group exercises. They will also be provided technical assistance and presented with pre-development financing opportunities. The Institute will culminate with the Finale this summer where teams will present their plans to a group of public and private investors.
“By focusing on creating housing opportunities for individuals and families referred through coordinated entry, we will be able to reach the people most in need of housing and services who interact with multiple agencies throughout the state,” said Lori Phillips Steele, CSH Director in Indiana. “The Institute continues to serve as a national model of creating solutions directly responding to the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Following graduation from the Institute, each lead organization can apply for funding through the Rental Housing Tax Credits (RHTC) program.
Over the last decade, the Supportive Housing Institute has helped to contribute to a significant reduction (52% since 2009) in chronic homelessness in Indiana.