September 22, 2017
Centerstone Indiana staff, in a partnership with Columbus-based Thrive Alliance, the city of Columbus and SRKM Architecture, participated in the Permanent Supportive Housing Institute, a five-month training program sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). This institute instructs participants on theories regarding housing first, harm reduction and how to develop permanent supportive housing for individuals facing homelessness.
In addition to participating in regular sessions beginning in May, the team also made site visits to two different permanent supportive housing programs in Indiana. These visits allowed the team to learn from staff and program participants about what is working best in their programs. The visits also allowed for sharing information regarding what types of construction, amenities and lay-out work best in these programs.
The institute concluded in Indianapolis on August 30 with the team presenting their concept of Victory Apartments to funders and colleagues. Victory Apartments will be Columbus' first permanent supportive housing complex for the homeless. The current plan is for a 1920s church to be renovated into approximately 21 one-bedroom apartments in Columbus, Indiana. By participating in the institute, the team is eligible for non-competitive funds to make Victory Apartments a reality, illustrating the importance and efficiency of agency and organizational collaboration.
Members of the partnership between Centerstone, Thrive Alliance, SRKM Architechture and the city of Columbus gathered in celebration of the Victory Apartments proposal.
From left to right: Brent Marin (Partner, SRKM Architecture); Stephanie Spagnolo (Grant Coordinator, Centerstone); Rick Gardner (Housing Development Manager, Thrive Alliance); Marcie Nardine (Grant Coordinator, Centerstone); Bob Bromley (Assistant Manager of Supportive Housing, Centerstone); Robin Hilber (Community Development Programs, City of Columbus); Mark Lindenlaub (Executive Director, Thrive Alliance); James Fries (Manager of Supportive Housing Services, Centerstone).