IHCDA COVID-19 update: A message from Jake

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IHCDA COVID-19 update: A message from Jake

Haven Homes

Pictured above is a rendering of Haven Homes which will be located in Plainfield. The goal of this new integrated supportive housing development is to remove barriers for those who might not otherwise seek affordable housing, domestic abuse support or mental health services.

Affordable housing remains one of the greatest needs for victims of domestic violence. And last week, Sheltering Wings took a big step in helping to address this need. They joined RealAmerica, Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, their financial investors, and other partners, for a groundbreaking ceremony for Haven Homes in Plainfield.

This new $13 million integrated supportive housing development will offer a mix of 1, 2- and 3-bedroom units. It will have a variety of amenities including: a club house, on-site services, security, playground, walking trail and will be near retail stores, local schools, and many places of employment.

It will also have 13 units dedicated to victims of domestic violence. This will allow Sheltering Wings, who since 2002 has helped more than 17,000 individuals leave domestic abuse situations, to continue their mission to build safe, bright futures for survivors of domestic violence.

Haven Homes will feature 39 additional units of affordable housing that will be available for individuals and families that meet certain income qualifications. With some units going as high as 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), a family of four making up to $65,600 could live at Haven Homes when it opens next year.

Before awarding tax credits for this development, we worked closely with Sheltering Wings and RealAmerica on plans for Haven Homes in the 2019 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. Developed in 2008 in partnership with the Corporation of Supportive Housing (CSH), the Institute is focused on funding lasting solutions instead of stop-gap programs to end long-term and reoccurring homelessness.

In addition to CSH, I also want to acknowledge and thank the local elected officials who have been very supportive of Haven Homes throughout this process.

At IHCDA we understand that the availability of safe, decent, and affordable housing is critical to the recovery of individuals experiencing domestic violence. 

One of our key partners in supporting victims of domestic violence is the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). ICADV offers a variety of programs and services including a 24-hour statewide hotline for individuals currently experiencing domestic violence: 1-800-332-7385. They also have a new webpage dedicated to COVID-19 resources that can be found here.

I would like to close out this week by taking a moment to thank each of you for your continued support. Your help in sharing important information and resources across your networks and to those you serve has allowed us to help a growing number of Hoosiers in need of assistance. As I always say, none of the work we do would be possible without a great group of partner organizations.

We continue to be available for you here at IHCDA. Feel free to reach out to me directly at any time, jsipe@ihcda.in.gov, or to any member of our team. We are #INthistogether.


J. Jacob Sipe
Executive Director

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