The Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute Continues to Combat Chronic Homelessness

INDIANAPOLIS – Yesterday at the Purdue University Memorial Union, eight development teams representing the 2010 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute offered their Opening New Doors Finale Institute Team Project Presentations to an audience of their peers and Institute officials. Representatives of the Indiana Department of Child Services, Federal Home Loan Bank, and Key Bank were also present for the demonstrations.

Permanent Supportive Housing is a model of providing services to the chronically homeless. The initiative is an effective strategy to support persons who cannot find housing without proper services, and cannot obtain the services they need without proper housing. As a part of the Initiative, the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute is an intensive, interactive, technical training to assist organizations in moving projects from concept to completion in the state's effort to not just manage, but rather end, homelessness in the near future.

One of the many partnerships resulting from the Initiative is the ECHO Housing and the Veteran Center collaboration which is working to serve the nearly 80 homeless veterans without housing on a given night in Vanderburgh County. Graduating from the 2009 Institute, they are creating 27 one bedroom units of permanent supportive housing for Veterans who are currently experiencing homelessness and living with a disability in the Evansville area. For this project, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has partnered with several organizations including ECHO Housing Corporation, The Veterans Center of Evansville, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), The VA Hospital, the City of Evansville, Evansville Community Foundation, Toyota, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indiana. The project, named Lucas Place II, celebrated its groundbreaking on October 21st for the newly constructed three-story building with an elevator and is expected to be completed and open for residents in September 2011.

"The Institute is a critical step in project strategy and development because it allows teams to take an idea from concept to financing, said Sherry Seiwert, Executive Director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. "In just three years, we are nearly 75% of the way towards our initial goal of 1100 units of permanent supportive housing in Indiana by 2012."

The 2010 teams, representing a broad geographic spread across Indiana, have been attending classes and seminars, and completing monthly homework assignments since June through the process to bring projects, which will fill a targeted need in their local communities, to fruition. Combining the advancement of past teams, there are a total of 813 units either currently open and serving individuals, under construction, or in the works with funding in place or in the application process. This class has added 229 of those units of permanent supportive housing to the pipeline.

The 2010 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute Teams include:

Partners in Housing Development Corporation and Aspire Indiana Behavioral Health System- (Marion County)

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) – (Allen County)

Hamilton Center- (Vigo County)

Allen County Community Corrections; Park Center-(Allen County)

Blue River Services, Inc.; LifeSprings; & New Albany Housing Authority- (Floyd/Harrison Counties)

Porter-Starke Services, Inc. - (Porter/Starke Counties)

Pathfinder; Love, Inc.; Huntington House; Bowen Center- (Huntington County)

The Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative (IPSHI) is a collaboration between IHCDA, Indiana's Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), The Transformation Work Group (TWG), Great Lakes Capital Fund, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).

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