INDIANAPOLIS - The city of Indianapolis is partnering with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to assist the homeless population in the city. The IHCDA has issued two Requests for Qualifications as part of the Indianapolis Integrated Supportive Housing Initiative, which seeks to create 500 units of affordable housing.

The RFQs are looking for four development teams and one community-based organization to take part in the initiative. Once the teams are selected, they will participate in a three-day workshop to develop project concepts in collaboration with the city, the IHCDA, the Corporation of Supportive Housing, and the Coalition for Homelessness & Prevention.

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says, of the 500 new units, 125 of them will be integrated supportive housing. The CSH says the units will not only provide housing, but services to assist residents with employment, school attendance, and physical and mental health.

"The model we selected mirrors what we use for the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute," said Jacob Sipe, executive director of IHCDA. "This model has proven very effective in supporting the plans of development teams to create permanent supportive housing."

The initiative follows Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett's call during his State of the City address to provide supportive housing for an additional 400 homeless residents within 12 months.