Columbus groups to study community housing planning

A Columbus group is set to take part in an effort to help develop housing plans for the community.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) announced Tuesday that teams from Columbus, Elkhart, Martinsville, Indianapolis and Plymouth will be participating in the 2017 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. The IHCDA says that the Columbus team will be comprised of Centerstone of Indiana, Inc. as the “Team Lead.” Thrive Alliance is listed as a participating organization.

Organizers say that 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.”