IHCDA COVID-19 update: A message from Jake

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IHCDA COVID-19 update: A message from Jake

November 11th is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for our veterans.

The support and gratitude we give veterans should not be limited to Veterans Day. At IHCDA we are committed to recognizing and supporting the service of men and women who have and continue to serve in the military each day.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana National Guard has played a critical role in helping in relief efforts. This included 20 soldiers that assisted us with processing rental assistance applications. I want to take a moment to thank Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. R. Dale Lyles and the 14,000 soldiers and airmen that make up the Indiana National Guard for their service to their fellow Hoosiers.

One way that IHCDA supports veterans experiencing homelessness is through the HUD-VASH program. This program combines the VA’s case management services with HUD’s housing choice voucher program to help homeless veterans find affordable housing while receiving treatment and assistance. At IHCDA, we currently have 252 veterans housed through the VASH program.

To further address veteran homelessness, we awarded tax credits to Woda Cooper Companies for Proctor Place during our last round. Proctor Place, which was conceptualized during the Indiana Supportive Housing Institute, will create 61 high-quality new apartment homes on the vibrant Central Greens campus, just west of downtown Indianapolis. HVAF of Indiana, Inc. is the co-developer and general partner on this $12.6 million development where 15 units will be set aside for homeless veterans and supported with project-based vouchers from the Indianapolis Housing Authority.

I would like to personally thank HVAF’s President & CEO Brian Copes and his team for their partnership on Proctor Place and to ensure veterans living at this new development will have access to a wide array of supportive services. I also want to acknowledge their leadership to help support more than 400,000 veterans living in Indiana.

I am proud that several Indiana veterans are also current IHCDA staff members. I want to publicly thank them for their service to our country and commitment to the IHCDA mission to provide housing opportunities, promote self-sufficiency, and strengthen Indiana communities.

I ask that you please take a moment on Veterans Day next week to find opportunities to pay your respect to our men and women who have worn the military uniform. As always, please contact me or a member of the IHCDA team if there is anything we can do to assist you or your organization. We are #INthistogether.


J. Jacob Sipe
Executive Director

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