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New Apartments To Provide Housing For Long-Term Homeless

Crawford II groundbreaking

A new apartment complex in Bloomington will provide long-term housing for people who've been homeless for an extended period of time. It's the second of its kind in the city.

City and non-profit leaders gathered at the future site of the Crawford II apartments on South Henderson to celebrate the project’s groundbreaking Monday. Non-profit organization LifeDesigns is spearheading the $7.4 million project, with support and funding from state, federal and private sources.

The new complex will sit right next to Crawford apartments, which started providing housing for the chronically homeless in 2013. It can house up to 28 people.

The Shalom Community Center provides services to those residents, helping them address mental health issues, addiction and chronic diseases. And they've seen success with Crawford residents.

"65 percent drop in emergency room use in the first year, 88 percent drop in incarcerations," says Shalom Center Executive Director Forrest Gilmore. "So big impact on the community."

Gilmore hopes those successes will be repeated at Crawford II. The new apartments will house up to 43 people in one-bedroom units.

While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual count showed a ten percent drop in Indiana homelessness since 2010, LifeDesigns CEO Susan Rinne says there's a need for additional stable housing in Bloomington.

"We know that there are 40 people already that are on the street that meet the criteria," Rinne says.

The first Crawford II residents are expected to move in next fall.

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