The Early Years
In 1993, Frank Hagaman, along with friends William Connor, Dee Garrett, Todd Mozingo and Robert Rhodehamel, Jr., sought to bring the concept of supportive housing to Indianapolis with the founding of Partners In Housing. Hagaman drew on his experience in banking, leveraging historical and low-income tax credits to rehab abandoned properties that now house formerly homeless and extremely low-income citizens of Indianapolis. He went on to become the organization’s first Executive Director, continuing in that capacity until 2011.
Partners' first project, The Burton Apartments, located at 821 North Pennsylvania Street in downtown Indianapolis, was rehabilitated in 1995 and opened in June 1996 with 23 efficiency apartments which housed 23 individuals in immediate need of housing and social services. The Burton was built in 1919 and is among the oldest apartment buildings in the city. It was abandoned in the mid-1980s and quickly deteriorated. The Burton’s owner hoped to demolish the building when Partners In Housing saw the potential to establish Indianapolis’ first supportive housing.
In January 1998, Partners broke ground on the rehabilitation of what would become (and still remains) our signature property, the Blue Triangle Residence Hall. Built for the YWCA in 1924, the Blue Triangle was closed in 1971 and remained abandoned for 27 years until Partners rescued the building. It opened in December 1998 with 96 new single units of supportive housing for Indianapolis’ most needy.
In July 2012, Partners entered a new era with the hiring of Phil Smith. Many changes are taking place that will secure the future of our organization, the future of our current properties and those yet to be developed, and most importantly, the future of the residents we serve. The organization is in the process of implementing the strategic planning that will solidify the mission and the agency's capability to serve our residents.
In October of 2015, Phil Smith retired and brought Scott Armstrong on board at Partners in Housing. Scott ignited a new era in PIH. And in 2016, Partners In Housing added 24 new affordable units to the Indianapolis community.
The Present and Future
Since 1993, Partners has rescued and rehabbed properties that have provided a total of 541 supportive housing units. These units serve more than 600 people every day, making Partners In Housing by far the largest and oldest developer of this kind of housing in Indianapolis.
In 2017, Partners In Housing continues to grow and expand its footprint in the affordable housing market. PIH will open 69 more affordable units in Kokomo, Indiana, where more affordable housing is needed. In addition, Partners In Housing will team up with Adult & Child, Eskenazi/Midtown, and Gennesaret, to provide state of the art permanent supportive housing in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Partners In Housing's application to the "Institute" has been approved and construction will start in late 2017 on the rehab of our signature property Blue Triangle.
As Partners In Housing grows it continues to be a leading agency in the fight against homelessness and the access for more affordable housing. We look forward to housing more people in 2017!