At the Indiana Housing Conference awards luncheon earlier today, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) awarded four Indiana properties with the Lt. Governor’s Excellence in Affordable Housing Awards. Presented to the most outstanding properties in four categories, these awards celebrate the best in Indiana affordable housing development.
Mayor Dennis Tyler sees the new Walnut Commons apartment building for the homeless and the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel as downtown bookends. “Three-and-a-half years ago, people said ‘no’ to this,” Tyler said at a ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday for the $8.4 million, 44-unit Walnut Commons. “Three-and-a-half years ago, people said ‘no,’ we would never have a hotel in downtown Muncie, especially one with a training center for people with disabilities to learn how to work in the hospitality industry.”
Construction is winding down on an $8.4 million downtown apartment building that was chased out of a southside neighborhood. Walnut Commons, at Walnut and Wysor streets, is the city’s first supportive housing project, aimed at reintegrating chronically homeless people into the community through a combination of housing and services.
Patty Murphy is one of the initial tenants to move into the new downtown Walnut Commons, the city’s first “supportive housing” project to combat homelessness. “Anything I can get help with, I’ll be willing to accept it,” said Murphy, 49, who suffers from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other hardships that landed her in the shelter at the YWCA of Muncie.
The Star Press published a online tour of the Walnut Commons housing project. Click the “View Article” button to view a variety of pictures from the project.
Mayor Dennis Tyler welcomed the community to the Walnut Commons ground breaking ceremony on May 29th, and read a proclamation stating at the City of Muncie is committed to ending homelessness and sees permanent supportive housing as one of the most critical elements to a comprehensive strategy.
Work is due to begin within a month on a Muncie project aimed at providing housing for people in need of support services such as some veterans, disabled and people at risk of being homeless, officials said. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority recently awarded the project, called Walnut Commons, the low-income housing tax credits that it needs to go forward, Gerry Cyranowski, vice president of clinical services at Meridian Health Services, told The Star Press.
After being rejected on the south side, Muncie’s first proposed “supportive housing” project met with no opposition downtown. Mayor Dennis Tyler, the Muncie Redevelopment Commission and the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership are among the project’s supporters.