The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) recently presented the 2018 Excellence in Affordable Housing Awards at the Indiana Housing Conference in Indianapolis.
The awards are presented to the most outstanding new properties in four categories and celebrate the best in Indiana affordable housing development.
“Safe, decent and affordable housing is imperative to move this state, and the Hoosiers who call it home, to the next level,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of IHCDA. “These developments have and will continue to make a profound impact within their communities.”
A Shelbyville apartment complex was honored in the Senior category, which is for development specifically designed for use by elderly tenants.
The North Harrison Senior Apartments, 111 N. Harrison St. in Shelbyville, was created to provide proper senior housing with lower monthly rent and utility costs, while creating an inviting atmosphere where friends socialize and help each other out, according to the IHCDA press release.
The community is located in a walkable area to other necessities, provides educational opportunities for both work and personal enrichment, and assists in finding necessary social services to help the residents live independently for as long as possible.
Other award winners were:
n Rural – The Mercantile in Alexandria not only saved an iconic downtown building that has contributed significantly to maintaining Alexandria’s cultural and historical identity, the project also has been transformational, providing access to healthy food and affordable downtown housing.
n Special Needs – Oliver Apartments in South Bend houses 32 formerly homeless men and women while at the same time achieving an Emerald Level Energy rating from the National Green Building Council.
n Urban – South Bend Mutual Homes offers a unique opportunity for those with lower incomes to live in brand new housing.
IHCDA accepted nominations for affordable housing developments that were placed in service between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2018. The nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges who looked at the location, services, unique features, community impact and financing structure to make their determinations.