First Affordable Housing Project Completed for Disabled Residents


First Affordable Housing Project Completed for Disabled Residents

Steve Campbell, Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis to Address Renovation for the Disabled Adults At Homecoming Celebration

INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, November 3 at 10:00am at 1840 W. 74th Place, St.Vincent New Hope clients will open their newly renovated house to the media and host a “homecoming celebration.” Four St.Vincent New Hope clients are the beneficiaries of the first fully renovated, four-bedroom house specifically built for their disabled needs by the Crooked Creek Northwest Community Development Corporation (CCN-CDC), a nonprofit affordable housing developer.

The CCN-CDC has enabled the disabled residents to be the first to receive 24-hour holistic care from expert caregivers in a residential neighborhood setting, and receive high quality services that assist these individuals in achieving their highest level of independence.

Steve Campbell, Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis will speak on behalf of Mayor Bart Peterson’s “Blueprint to End Homelessness,” which addresses the growing shortage of community-based housing units for the disabled and other special needs populations.

The St.Vincent New Hope project is a creative response to Mayor Peterson’s initiative and a collaborative agreement between St.Vincent Health, Mercy Housing and various neighborhood organizations, which assisted in establishing CCN-CDC in January 2004.

“This is the ultimate example of what can happen through community partnerships,” says Marty Rugh, director of Community Development, St.Vincent Health. “We partnered a new organization anxious to bring affordable housing resources to the northwest side of Indianapolis, and St.Vincent New Hope and its established track record of providing excellent care to the special needs populations.”

Each year, the City of Indianapolis and other government and nonprofit agencies provide funding for creative approaches to safe, clean and affordable housing for low-income populations. The Crooked Creek community has responded to the growing immigrant and low-income population needs in the Washington and Pike Townships by providing housing, health care and social services.

“The St.Vincent New Hope project is a model for future efforts and we are committed to having a service component for all housing projects we undertake,” says Alicia Chadwick, executive director, CCN-CDC. “We hope to duplicate and multiply the number of units we produce next time and create more homes with more services for more people, more economically.”

The home received a $75,000 renovation dedicated to oversized hallways, bathrooms, kitchen, an extra bedroom, a small courtyard and various dining and living areas throughout the house. The installation of a new high efficiency furnace, hot water heater, new roof and added insulation will assist in conserving energy and managing utility costs.

The three month renovation project was funded by government grants from the City of Indianapolis and the Federal Loan Bank of Indianapolis, while the Union Federal Bank provided a construction loan to be repaid by the CCN-CDC.

The home is located at 1840 W. 74th Place (74th & Harcourt Road).

St.Vincent New Hope is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization, which has provided support services to individuals with developmental disabilities since 1978. While New Hope has historically provided residential services, the strong commitment to serve populations in need has resulted in a variety of new services within the continuum. In addition to the community-based residential options, services and supports are provided in the school setting and family homes.