Supportive housing combines permanent, affordable housing with services that help people live more stable, productive lives. Supportive housing is developed by combining housing that is affordable to persons with very low or extremely low incomes with flexible supportive services that are designed to meet the special needs of an individual or family. When targeted effectively, supportive housing can be cost-effective for communities. Creating supportive housing involves partnerships and collaboration. Supportive Housing is developed for people who but for housing could not access services and but for services could not maintain housing.
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 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 troubleshoot problems;
- Post-Institute technical assistance from CSH to be defined through a shared Memorandum of Understanding (MOU; and
- Access to set-aside or non-competitive capital and rental assistance funding from IHCDA.