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IHCDA Vision for Indiana
Our State can be the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family – especially for those who are most vulnerable. Collaborative partners – including government agencies, intermediaries, direct service providers, developers, and financial and educational institutions – deploy every tool available to make Indiana communities the best places to call home. Most specifically, our State is committed to comprehensive community development, sustainable and affordable housing, individual and family economic stability, ending homelessness, and the ability to age in place.
The Indiana and Housing Community Development Authority (IHCDA) creates housing opportunities, generates and preserves assets, and revitalizes neighborhoods by facilitating the collaboration of multiple stakeholders, investing financial and technical resources in development efforts, and helping build capacity of qualified partners throughout Indiana.
IHCDA Strategic Priorities
A thriving community is a community with job opportunities, strong schools, safe neighborhoods, diverse housing and a vibrant culture. Comprehensive development recognizes that a community’s potential lies in the identification and creation of a shared vision, planned by local leadership, and carried out by an array of partners. When successful, comprehensive community development marshals resources and deploys strategies in a concentrated footprint to serve as a catalyst for community vitality and sustainability. The demolition of blighted structures, the rehabilitation of housing units, and the creation of new opportunities such as recreational amenities, retail service, or employment centers can be the tipping point for future development by market forces.
Sustainable and Affordable Housing
The ability to afford, maintain, and sustain property is a critical component of the housing landscape, for both homeownership and rental housing. Long-term homeownership goes beyond the ability to purchase a home. Homeowners must have access to affordable rates, utilities, upkeep, and the ability to ensure the home will be a long-term investment. Similarly, stable rental housing goes beyond the ability to find and lease a rental unit. Renters must have access to affordable rates, utilities, rental assistance, and housing that is safe, decent, and sustainable.
Individual and Family Economic Stability
As communities are made up of individuals and families, our commitment to improve economic stability is also a critical strategy. IHCDA supports the efforts of responsible individuals to improve themselves and their families by building and preserving assets, increasing income through education and training, and making optimal decisions regarding their financial future.
IHCDA and its partners focus on systemically preventing and ending homelessness for those most vulnerable in our communities. By identifying and targeting the most appropriate housing solutions, we can minimize the number of people who enter the homeless delivery system and duration of time they spend in it. For the chronically homeless, those who cycle through health care institutions and correctional facilities seeking services and shelter, linking services with housing provides stability and reduces the burden on other community systems. Our collective goal is to ensure that everyone has a place to call home.
Aging in Place
Aging in place refers to adapting our collective living environment so it is safer, more comfortable, and increases the likelihood a person can live independently and remain at home as circumstances change. On a broader scope, while primary target populations for aging in place strategies include seniors, families with seniors, and persons with disabilities, everyone benefits from communities that are accessible, visitable, and livable.