Merrillville, Ind. — Regional Mental Health Center has secured the only recent HUD grant to an Indiana agency (a $2,393,200 capital advance and $159,900 three-year rental subsidy) to provide supportive housing for persons with disabilities.
“Regional Mental Health Center plans to construct a new building in Griffith,” explained Robert Krumwied, MHA, CEO of Regional Mental Health Center. “Ground breaking should occur in early spring, with occupancy anticipated by next fall.”
“The grant is being issued under HUD Section 811 guidelines, which covers Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities,” Krumwied said. “We’re pleased to be able to give adults with disabilities an opportunity to live independently in our community. This type of subsidized rental housing with available supportive services enables residents to have a better quality of life,” he added.
The 15 unit apartment complex for the chronically mentally ill will include 14 one bedroom resident units and a two bedroom manager's unit. Two units will be barrier free and include features to accommodate the needs of persons with hearing and vision impairments.
A centrally located passenger elevator will allow accessibility to upper floors for all residents and visitors, while laundry, recreational and social areas are part of the common spaces.
“Thanks to this grant, Indiana will have 15 more units of safe, affordable and supportive housing for persons living with a disability, with the added benefit of creating jobs to help the local economy,” said Antonio R. Riley, HUD’s Midwest Regional Administrator, in a press release issued by HUD.
Regional Mental Health Center has treated more than 100,000 area residents during its nearly 40 years of existence. They care for clients aged six years to adult at more than a dozen locations in Lake County. Services include outpatient counseling, detoxification, partial hospitalization emergency services, and other short and long-term care options.
www.RegionalMentalHealth.org for more information.