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Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch Presents 2017 Excellence In Affordable Housing Awards
Updated August 18, 2017 7:05 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch today presented her 2017 Excellence in Affordable Housing Awards at the Indiana Housing Conference.

The awards are presented to the most outstanding new properties in four categories and celebrate the best in Indiana affordable housing development.

"Safe, decent and affordable housing is imperative to move this state to the next level," said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. "These developments have and will continue to make a profound impact within their communities."

This year's award winners are:

RURAL - Development is located within the corporate limits of a City or Town with a population less than 14,999 or the development is located in an unincorporated area of a county that is located beyond 2 miles of the city or town's jurisdiction.

Award Winner: Hope's Landing (Auburn, Indiana)

About the Development: Serving seniors effectively requires a robust array of services, and this was a primary consideration in the development of Hope's Landing. Partners provide health screenings and education, in-home healthcare services, financial literacy and education, exercise programs, meal deliveries, Medicaid assistance, energy assistance, and transportation among many others.

SENIOR - Development specifically designed for use by elderly tenants.

Award Winner: Pattern Mill (Connersville, Indiana)

About the Development: The Pattern Mill owners sought the input from various community stakeholders and organizations in connection with the redevelopment of the Pattern Mill building. Pattern Mill has a state of-the-art fitness facility, an internet library and a Skyview Lounge where the residents enjoy many activities. They also have an outdoor sitting area with walking paths, a gas grill for barbeques, flower garden and a vegetable garden.

SPECIAL NEEDS - Development specifically designed for use by special needs populations: persons with physical or development disabilities, persons with mental impairments, single parent households, victims of domestic violence, abused children, persons with chemical addictions and/or homeless persons.

Award Winner: Penn Place Apartments (Indianapolis, Indiana)

About the Development: Penn Place is a 100% Housing First supportive services model. They provide a full scale of case management services in partnership with Eskenazi, Horizon House, and CHIP for successful ways to provide pathways to self-efficiency and reduction in substance abuse.

URBAN- Development is located within a metropolitan area with a population greater than 15,000.

Award Winner: Gateway Apartments (Columbus, Indiana)

About the Development: Gateway Apartment ("Gateway") is a multifamily rental community located at the northwest corner of Cottage Avenue and 10th Street in the Lincoln-Central neighborhood of Columbus. The development is situated on 4.51 acres of the former Golden Castings Foundry site, which has languished in its redevelopment efforts after being shuttered followed by a foreclosure of the former industrial site.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) accepted nominations for affordable housing developments that were placed in service between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2017. The nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges who looked at the location, services, unique features, community impact and financing structure to make their determinations.

The Indiana Housing Conference is Indiana's must-attend conference for affordable housing professionals. The conference, which annually draws more than 500 attendees, is presented by IHCDA and the Indiana Affordable Housing Council (IAHC).

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