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Teams announced for the 8th Annual Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) announced today that teams from Columbus, Elkhart, Martinsville, Indianapolis and Plymouth will be participating in the 2017 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute.

Over the next six months, these teams will work closely with IHCDA and CSH through a series of targeted training and group exercises. They will also be provided technical assistance and presented with pre-development financing opportunities. The Institute will culminate with the Finale in the Fall where teams will present their plans to a group of public and private investors.

"The Institute will allow these organizations to develop detailed, individualized supportive housing plans for their community that can be used to apply for funding from multiple sources," said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director at IHCDA. "It also provides a network for support for housing partners so they can better navigate the process of developing permanent supportive housing."

Provided below is a list of organizations participating in this year's Institute:

Team Lead: Centerstone of Indiana, Inc.
Participating Organizations: Thrive Alliance
Project Location: Columbus

Team Lead: LaCasa, Inc.
Participating Organizations: Oaklawn, Inc. and the City of Elkhart
Project Location: Elkhart

Team Lead: LIFEDesigns, Inc.
Participating Organizations: South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP), Milestone Ventures, Inc. and Valenti Real Estate Services, Inc.
Project Location: Martinsville

Team Lead: Partners in Housing Development Corporation
Participating Organizations: Gennesaret Clinic, Adult & Child Health and Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, Community Construction and the City of Indianapolis.
Project Location: Indianapolis

Team Lead: Bradley Company
Participating Organizations: Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, Inc. and Garden Court, Inc.
Project Location: Plymouth

Since the initiative began, seven classes of teams have graduated, resulting in over 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. Permanent supportive housing, or housing first, also provides support services for individuals suffering from drug addiction.