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anuary 2017

Improvements to Affordable Housing Brings Value To Community

Housing Opportunities, Inc. will soon be closing out a $550,000 grant it received in 2015 to rehabilitate existing structures used for affordable housing. The grant, from the Indiana Housing Community Development Authority, was used to renovate and enhance two buildings in Valparaiso.  Housing Opportunities was one of only five agencies in the state to receive the grant in a competitive application process. The grant stipulated that the funds had to be used to rehabilitate existing buildings, and that the total disbursement had to be exhausted and complete within two years. Housing Opportunities utilized the funds to renovate two buildings that each contained four two-bedroom townhomes.  Each of the buildings received new roofs, new siding, fascia, gutters, windows and doors, and each unit was fully renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms, appliances, flooring and trim. Additionally, the buildings’ heating and air conditioning was replaced, helping the facilities earn an Energy Star Rating. The parking lot was also completely replaced. The renovated homes are home to eight families that would otherwise not be able to afford appropriate housing.   

“We are pleased that we were able to leverage this grant with the dedication and generosity of our supporters to not only provide safe, affordable housing for our clients, but also add tremendous value to our community with a relatively small investment,” said CEO Caroline Shook. “It truly shows what a community is capable of when it pulls together and is unwilling to be defeated by stigma.”

Housing Opportunities will complete the last of the renovations by May, 2017 and close out the grant later that month.

May 2016
Housing Opportunities is incredibly grateful for your support over the years.  With your help, in 2015 we gave a safe home to 334 homeless, at-risk, and disabled adults, 249 children, and saved 171 homes from foreclosure.

Now we are excited to announce the next step forward in our ongoing mission and the expansion of services to serve even more women, children, and families as Dayspring merges with Housing Opportunities.  It is with genuine enthusiasm that we announce this strong partnership under the Housing Opportunities umbrella.

By joining forces together to end homelessness and address the mental health of those served in our community, the combined organization will have the capacity to expand upon their innovative programs and increase their capabilities. This merger will allow them to create end to end solutions for their clients by avoiding barriers and restoring dignity to those they serve, it allows them to leverage their combined size for more efficient operations, and avoids duplication of services to improve results with supporters and funders in the community. 

Dayspring board president, Denis Hurley stated, “This is a profound moment for Dayspring.  After due diligence and reflection our board recognizes the strength of a strategic alliance with Housing Opportunities.  This alliance promises to reinforce and enhance Dayspring’s reason for being, serving the homeless and those with mental illness.”  Housing Opportunities board president, Brad Sweet stated “This merger will streamline services for the most vulnerable residents of our community.  This will be a true continuum of care and offer a holistic approach for people who Step In, Step Up, and Step Forward through their crisis.” 

Our organizations share the same strong passion and mission for serving the community and ending homelessness so this is a natural step forward.  Together, we will continue to provide a safe and welcoming place through our Dayspring Women’s Center.  Together, we will continue to offer more hours of counseling to the community.   Together, we will house more homeless or at-risk homeless individuals.  Your support will become even more vital as our programs will expand in the months and years to come.  We look forward to making a larger impact and creating a strong community together! 

January 2016

Housing Opportunities Inc. was chosen by the LaPorte County commissioners to administer the Hoosier Homestead Initiative. LaPorte County residents with low income, including veterans, are being targeted for the program and must show proof they have the financial means to fix up and maintain the properties. The idea is to get properties that eventually could become eyesores back on the tax rolls and make homeowners out of people who might otherwise never become one. For more details read the article here -

Face of Homelessness in Porter County

What image do you think of when you hear the word homeless?  Watch this video to see what the face homelessness really looks like in Porter County:
The Face of Homelessness
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