Crawford Apartments in Bloomington opened its doors today to welcome 25 new tenants who were formerly homeless.
To live at Crawford apartments, applicants have to meet very specific criteria. They must be physically disabled, suffering from a mental illness or struggling with addiction. They must also have been homeless for an extended period of time.
Life Designs and Habitat for Humanity partnered with the Shalom Community Center in Bloomington to build the apartments. Life Designs CEO Susan Rinne says the goal is to keep people safe and off the streets.
“Around 85 percent of individuals who come into programs like this stay housed, and that’s our primary objective – to provide people with safe, decent, affordable housing,” said Rinne.
The complex will meet both the physical and psychological needs of the tenants through in-house services such as addiction rehabilitation and partnerships with case workers. Rinne says tenants will even be provided with basic supplies as they transition into living in a home again.
“We are located right on a bus route,” said Rinne. “We have a bus stop right outside the front door, but we want to encourage people again because of physical health, so we’ve been able to purchase bikes for each individual and we have also fully furnished all the apartments through the grants.”
The complex is named after Frank Crawford, a homeless man who died in 2011. His headstone sits in front of the complex. Rinne says Crawford would have benefited from the life-altering services offered at the apartments.
Network Indiana contributed to this story.