IHCDA creates housing opportunity, generates and preserves assets, and revitalizes neighborhoods by investing technical and financial resources into the development efforts of its partners across Indiana.
Within this framework, IHCDA seeks partnerships that offer innovative solutions to community challenges. As evidenced from the socio-demographic data, survey results, and formal and informal discussions with stakeholders, IHCDA has identified the following strategic priorities for its investment decisions:
Every community strives to be a place where people choose to live, work, and play. Comprehensive development means 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, it yields results beyond what can be achieved by individual organizations or disparate programs because of the unique synergy they generate. A thriving community is a community with job opportunities, strong schools, safe neighborhoods, a full range of housing choices, and a vibrant culture. Comprehensive development marshals resources and deploys coordinated strategies in a concentrated area to create opportunities for others in the community to take prudent risks and reap the rewards. The demolition of blighted structures, the rehabilitation of long-vacant housing and the creation of new community amenities and retail opportunities serve as a tipping point for future development through market forces.
Aging in place refers to making our living environment safe and adaptable so that everyone can remain independent and continue to thrive in their homes and community even as circumstances change. While the primary target populations for aging in place strategies are seniors and persons with disabilities, everyone benefits from buildings and communities that are accessible, visitable, and livable.
Merely managing homelessness is in no one's best interest. IHCDA and its partners are focused on systematically preventing and ending homelessness for those most vulnerable in our communities. By identifying an individual's or family's barriers to self-sufficiency and targeting the most appropriate housing solution, we can help to minimize the number of people that enter the homelessness delivery system and the 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 them stability and reduces the burden on other community systems.
Regarding beneficiaries, disabled is defined as any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment. The definition of a person with disabilities does not exclude persons who have the disease acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or any conditions arising from the etiologic agent for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV). However, for the purpose of qualifying for low income housing, the definition does not include a person whose disability is based solely on any drug or alcohol dependence.
How we create community solutions is equally as important to what solutions are desired. High performance building integrates with and optimizes the surrounding environment through architectural and site design, construction techniques and materials, as well as resource use and recovery. Done right, high performance building maximizes quality and durability by minimizing environmental impacts and operating costs.