The Indiana Supportive Housing Institute is an important element of the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative (IPSHI), which was launched by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) 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, seven classes of teams have graduated, resulting in over 1,400 permanent supportive housing units added or under development in the state. This has helped to contribute to a significant (38%) reduction in chronic homelessness in Indiana.
Indiana Supportive Housing Institute
IHCDA, in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), offers an annual Supportive Housing Institute to train teams consisting of developers, property managers, and supportive service providers on how to develop and operate supportive housing for persons experiencing homelessness. Teams are selected through a competitive RFP process.
The Institute Building Blocks
The Institute helps supportive housing partners learn how to navigate the complex process of developing housing with supportive services to prevent and end homelessness. The process is intended to reduce the time it takes to obtain funding for supportive housing by improving the planning and development process.
Upon completion, participants in the Institute will have:
- A detailed, individualized supportive housing plan that includes supportive service and delivery strategies that can be used to apply for funding from multiple sources;
- The opportunity to apply for early pre-development financing through CSH Pre-development Initiation Loans to use on supportive housing projects planned through the Institute;
- Improved skills to operate existing supportive housing and develop new projects serving people who experience multiple barriers to housing;
- A strong, effective development, property management and service team that leverages the strengths of each team member and has clearly defined roles and responsibilities;
- A powerful network of peers and experts to assist in project development and to trouble-shoot problems;
- Post-Institute technical assistance from CSH to be defined through a shared Memorandum of Understanding (MOU; and
- Access to non-competitive capital funding from IHCDA*.