HOUSING AND SERVICES DIVISION
Indiana Cares Housing and Services Division empowers local community based organizations and service providers to deliver housing, supportive services, and emergency financial assistance resources to their clients through increased resources, networking, training, technical assistance, and support. The result of Indiana Cares' vision will be self-sufficient local HIV/AIDS housing and supportive services coalitions working together for improved client care.
Current funding sources for the Housing and Services Division include:
Low-income people with any stage of HIV/AIDS and their families of origin and/or choice are eligible beneficiaries. For application and eligibility criteria please contact your local care coordination site.
Housing Assistance - Ongoing housing and utility assistance payments to prevent homelessness.
Emergency Housing Funding - Emergency assistance for housing and utility payments to prevent homelessness.
Supportive Services - Indiana Cares is currently in the process of launching statewide supportive services programs. Transportation will be the first service to be offered statewide followed in the future by nutritional assistance, home maintenance, and child care.
Direct Emergency Financial Assistance Program - Since 1983 the DEFA program has given over $1 million to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and their families to provide food, clothing, housing, and medical needs.
Development subsidy - "Seed money" subsidies for acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction costs of dedicated HIV/AIDS housing units.
Special Projects - Funding for service providers to address a wide variety of service needs.
Technical Assistance - Provision of education, training, assistance, and grants and loans to local organizations for increasing their capacity to develop a broad range of affordable housing options for low-income people with HIV/AIDS.
System Building - Investments in Indiana Cares and local providers to insure an appropriate, coordinated statewide response to the need for affordable HIV/AIDS housing. Indiana Cares launched its statewide HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment, Capacity Building, and Strategic Planning Project in August 1995 as part of this effort.
Highlights since July 1994
Partnerships - Continuing promotion of cooperation and networking of HIV/AIDS services providers with existing affordable housing providers and developers.
Development - Funded seven applicants for development and pre-development activities in Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, South Bend, Indianapolis, Michigan City, and Muncie.
Capacity Building - Made six capacity building grants for HIV/AIDS housing to applicants in Evansville, Gary, Jeffersonville, Lafayette, Indianapolis and Richmond. Funding numerous housing training opportunities for HIV/AIDS services providers and other affordable housing developers. Providing direct technical assistance in developing local housing projects and funding applications.
Housing Coalitions - Prompted the development of twelve regional planning groups across the state to address HIV/AIDS housing issues.
New Delivery System - Redesigned the HOPWA rental assistance delivery system to insure an equitable geographic funds distribution and empower the regional planning groups to make clients selections. This delivery system laid the groundwork for the development of self-sufficient local HIV/AIDS housing coalitions.
Increased Funding - The Indiana State Department of Health has supplemented Indiana Cares' HOPWA program with Ryan White Title II funds to increase the capacity of the housing and services program.
Community Residences - Leased a Marion County rental development with Riley Area Revitalization and VanRooy Properties as of February, 1995, for eight units of housing for people with HIV/AIDS.
Recognition - Gained regional and national recognition of the design and implementation of Indiana Cares' HOPWA formula programs.
Supportive Services - Reorganization of local transportation and meal delivery programs.
Kristen LaEace, Housing and Services Director
Susan Wyneken, Supportive Services Program Manager
Lisa Coffman, Housing Program Manager
Dennis Williams, Americorp*VISTA
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