Supportive Housing

The Indiana Supportive Housing Institute is an important element of the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative (IPSHI), which was launched by 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 Housing First Program

The Indiana Housing First Program ("the program") was established in 2017 to provide rental assistance and support services to individuals and families with a serious, persistent mental illness, a chronic chemical addiction, or a serious and persistent mental illness with a co-occurring chronic chemical addiction, who are also facing a housing crisis, exiting a residential treatment program, or could exit a residential treatment program with access to affordable housing and support services.

Click here to access the Indiana Housing First Program Manual (final version posted January 29, 2018).

2018 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute

Click here to access the 2018 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute Orientation
Click here to view the Request for Proposals for the 2018 Institute.
Click here to access the 2018 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute application
2018 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute Frequently Asked Questions - Updated November 21, 2017

Important Dates

  • December 4, 2017 - Applications due by 5:00 PM EST
  • January 19, 2018 - Announcement of selected teams
  • Institute Sessions
    • February 27, 28, and March 1st (Bloomington)
    • March 20-22nd (Bloomington)
    • April 10-12th (Bloomington)
    • May 9th (Indianapolis)
    • May 10th (Indianapolis - Finale

For questions about the 2018 Institute, please contact: Lori Phillips-Steele at

Indianapolis Integrated Supportive Housing Initiative

On July 31, 2017, we launched the Indianapolis Integrated Supportive Housing Initiative, a collaborative effort with the City of Indianapolis to create approximately 500 rental units, 25% of which will be designated as integrated supportive housing to provide housing and supportive services for persons experiencing homelessness.

IHCDA released two Requests for Qualifications ("RFQ"s) for this Initiative (below). Responses to the RFQs were due August 18, 2017.

On September 7, 2017 we announced the four developers and one community based development organization participating.


  • Click here for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Community Based Development Organization
  • Click here for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Developers
  • Click here to access a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the initiative. (updated August 9, 2017).
  • Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation from the August 4, 2017 informational webinar.

Questions about the Indianapolis Integrated Supportive Housing Initiative should be directed to Matt Rayburn, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Real Estate Development Officer, via or 317-233-9564.

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.

Institute Benefits

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*.