6th Annual Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute concluded today at Fort Harrison

INDIANAPOLIS – Today during the finale of the 2015 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute, teams representing the communities of Bloomington, South Bend, Lafayette, New Albany and Valparaiso unveiled plans to create supportive housing to help vulnerable individuals and families in their respective communities escape homelessness. The Institute is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) with the assistance of the national thought-leader in supportive housing, CSH.

Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, addressed the five teams earlier this year and spoke about a study on supportive housing conducted by the University of Southern Indiana. This study demonstrated that supportive housing in Evansville has been incredibly cost effective in preventing and ending homelessness, especially for those who have been without housing for extended periods of time.

Including (in the calculations) the costs associated with housing and providing services to households, (the study shows) supportive housing has saved thousands of dollars due to residents no longer needing to depend on emergency services,” said Sipe. “We know combining affordable units with services, the supportive housing model, is successful and generally costs less than delivering crisis care to those struggling on our streets.”

The Institute included four additional sessions where IHCDA and CSH staff provided technical assistance to teams in the areas of selecting tenants, planning services, developing and operating, employing housing first and harm reduction approaches, and creating project budgets. Each team aims to use their plans to apply for development funding from multiple private and public sources.

Provided below is a list of teams and participating organizations in each community:

Bloomington – LifeDesigns, Inc., Shalom Community Center, Milestone Ventures, Inc. and Valenti Real Estate Services, Inc.

South Bend – City of South Bend, Indiana Health Centers, Inc., Neighborhood Development Associates, Oaklawn, Bradley Company, South Bend Heritage Foundation and the United Way of St. Joseph County.

Lafayette – City of Lafayette, Keller Development, Lafayette Housing Authority, Lafayette Transitional Housing, Riggs Community Health Center, the United Way of Greater Lafayette and New Generation Management, Inc..

New Albany – New Albany Housing Authority and TWG Development.

Valparaiso – Housing Opportunities, Inc., Lightengale Group, Porter Starke Services and Turnstone Development.

The Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative was launched in 2008 to further the strategy to end long-term and recurring homelessness. The focus is on funding lasting solutions instead of stop-gap programs. Since the initiative began in 2008, over 1,400 permanent supportive housing units have been added or are under development in the state, contributing to a significant (38%) reduction in chronic homelessness in Indiana.

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The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), chaired by Lt. Governor Ellspermann, provides housing opportunities, promotes self-sufficiency and strengthens communities in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice. For more information, visit www.ihcda.in.gov or www.in.gov/myihcda.

CSH looks to advance solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities. In Indiana, CSH works closely with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to stimulate the creation of supportive housing for fragile individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. www.csh.org.