CHAMBERS PARK APARTMENTS
Chambers Park Apartments in Marion, IN, provides 50 affordable housing for formerly homeless veterans. Developed by Cinnaire Solutions the development was made possible through a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) equity invested by Cinnaire and allocated by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and was made possible with Cinnaire’s $7 million LIHTC equity investment.
Cinnaire Solutions partnered with Volunteers of America, IHCDA, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop Chambers Park Apartments. In addition to Cinnaire’s Housing Credit investment, financing partners include IHCDA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and the National Bank of Indiana.
Volunteers of America Indiana follows the Housing First Model and employs a full-time Support Services Coordinator to match residents with support services. Services include on-site case management, employment assistance, life skills training, job placement and job coaching, emergency assistance, crisis intervention, mentoring and peer support groups. Participation in services is voluntary and tailored to those areas the veteran seeks to make changes in his or her life. The Marion VA Medical Center provides medical, mental health, supportive and other services to Chambers Park residents. The VA hospital bus route maintains a stop at the main entrance of the development, providing convenient access to the VA Medical Center services.
Chambers Park Apartments provides permanent, supportive housing for homeless and disabled veterans. The 50-unit development includes units sized for individuals and couples and features a community room, computer lab, fitness room, and laundry facilities. The development has been designed to foster a highly supportive, peer-driven culture and offers a courtyard with picnic tables, benches, grills, a shuffleboard court, horseshoe pit and bike racks. Residents care for and maintain a community garden that serves as a place for veterans to heal while providing fresh fruits and vegetables.
Additional project partners include Keller Development, Continental Management, Inc., and Milner and Caringella, Inc.