Supportive Housing

Crawford ApartmentsWest End
Supportive housing is permanent, stable and affordable. It is a proven, cost-effective way to end homelessness for people with disabilities. Residency in supportive housing can last as long as the individual or family requires. At Crawford Apartments, we partner with Shalom Community Center, Centerstone, and others to deliver:

    • 25 safe, secure one-bedroom apartments
    • Employment counseling, training, and placement
    • Daily living skills instruction
    • Counseling
    • Case management
    • Addictions counseling and support
    • Health and wellness counseling
    • Nutrition instruction

Crawford Apartments are approximately 700 square feet and include the following:

  • Completely furnished apartments
  • Access to washer/dryers
  • One bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • One bathroom
  • Living room
  • Dining area

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 Pictured above: apartment with stove, refrigerator, dish washer, and ceiling fans. Appliances and basic furnishings provide.

Referrals for Crawford are being accepted at Shalom Community Center, Centerstone and LIFEDesigns. Contact our Administrative Director at or at 800-875-9615.

The Crawford Advisory Council
The Crawford Advisory Council serves in an informal, voluntary, and advisory capacity to LifeDesigns in supporting its mission for Crawford Apartments: To develop and sustain the best possible community for its residents, friends, and neighbors.  Each council member’s role is to:

  • Advise and support LIFEDesigns in the formation of communication and programmatic development for Crawford Apartments
  • Promote community support for Crawford Apartments
  • Inform Crawford Planning Council of Community ideas, questions and concerns
  • Promote constructive relationships within the Council and the community
  • Attend Council meetings on a regular basis

Housing first is a service paradigm that assumes a person is ready to be housed, and with appropriate supports, can retain their housing. It has demonstrated an 88% retention rate nationwide. It also dramatically reduces the need for expensive emergency public services such as emergency room visits and police intervention, improving the lives of residents and saving the public tax dollars. According to the University of Pennsylvania Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, initial housing costs are offset by annual savings per person of $16,282.

Crawford is a permanent supportive housing collaboration, resulting from the efforts of the South Central Housing Net­work (SCHN), a regional and joint body of agencies committed to work to end homelessness in our communities. Together with Shalom Community Center, Centerstone, Indiana University Health, Hayes-Gibson International, and the Bloomington Housing Authority, LIFEDesigns participated in the Indiana Supportive Housing Institute in the spring of 2011 and started planning this development. In October 2014, the project received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development for providing wrap-around services to help tenants gain greater independence while maintaining stable housing.

Together with our partner agencies we hope to bring stable, decent, affordable housing and to coordinate the best possible housing resources and supportive services to people with disabilities who are experiencing chronic homelessness. Our goal to expand these communities will continue to require the kind of partnerships demonstrated by the Crawford Project.  We are confident that the resources are available and hope to be part of efforts to bring those together: working to end homelessness, expand access to affordable housing, and create inclusive communities.

To read more about the Crawford Project, see our Crawford Fact Sheet.