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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 10, 2021) – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) have announced the six teams that will be participating in the 2021 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. These teams will each establish a plan to develop affordable housing with access to supportive services for individuals with disabilities as well as individuals experiencing homelessness.

“The Institute continues to be an intentional opportunity for organizations to develop detailed, individualized supportive housing plans,” said Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, chair of the IHCDA Board of Directors. “This year we are focusing on providing integrated supportive housing that will serve individuals with disabilities as well as individuals experiencing homelessness using the state’s Coordinated Entry system.”

Coordinated entry helps communities prioritize assistance based on vulnerability and severity of service needs, to ensure that people who need assistance the most can receive it in a timely manner. The core elements of coordinated entry are access, assessment, prioritization, and referral.

“We have worked closely with the Indiana Balance of State Continuum of Care and local organizations throughout the state to strengthen the Coordinated Entry system and process here in Indiana,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. “Using this system will allow our teams to more closely align their affordable housing developments to the current needs in their communities.”

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

Project Lead: Vincent Village, Inc.
Partner Organizations: Park Center, Inc. and DTM Real Estate Services, Inc.

Location: Fort Wayne

Project Lead: UPholdings
Partner Organizations: Marram Health Center
Location: Gary

Project Lead: Bloomington Housing Authority
Partner Organizations: Brinshore Development and Centerstone
Location: Bloomington

Project Lead: The Community Builders
Partner Organizations: Raphael Health Center and Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation
Location: Indianapolis

Project Lead: South Bend Heritage Foundation 
Partner Organizations: Oaklawn, Youth Services Bureau, and Beacon Health Systems
Location: South Bend

Project Lead: Housing Opportunities, Inc.
Partner Organizations: Porter-Starke Services, Inc.
Location: Portage

Over the next few 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 this summer where teams will present their plans to a group of public and private investors.

“By focusing on creating housing opportunities for individuals and families referred through coordinated entry, we will be able to reach the people most in need of housing and services who interact with multiple agencies throughout the state,” said Lori Phillips Steele, CSH Director in Indiana. “The Institute continues to serve as a national model of creating solutions directly responding to the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Following graduation from the Institute, each lead organization can apply for funding through the Rental Housing Tax Credits (RHTC) program.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), chaired by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, 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: in.gov/ihcda.

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. For more information, visit: csh.org.

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