Crawford Apartments Award

Crawford Apartments Receives Award from Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann

On October 1st, Crawford Apartments was awarded the Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development. The award is highly distinguished, and LIFEDesigns was truly honored to accept this award with partner Shalom Community Center in recognition of their joint effort in Crawford Apartments.

The award recognizes organizations that have made an exceptional contribution to community development and affordable housing in Indiana. The awards spotlight developments that best provide affordable options in rental units for those Hoosiers who are traditionally underserved. Winning entries demonstrate a commitment to affordable housing as well as innovation and a spirit of cooperation.

Crawford Apartments are permanent affordable housing units for our most vulnerable community members.  Crawford has maintained a 100% stay rate over the past 6 months, which is extremely rare for this type of housing. Crawford supports its occupants by providing employment counseling, training and placement, continuing education, counseling, case management, addiction counseling and support, and nutrition and wellness education.

Susan Rinne of LIFEDesigns named Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

The 2011 Fuse Business Innovation awards were presented Thursday at a luncheon at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center, as follows:

  • Small Business Advocate of the Year: Mike Gentile, Crane Technology Inc.
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Susan Rinne, CEO of Options
  • Community Service Award: Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington campus
  • Microenterprise of the Year: Twisted Limb Paperworks
  • Innovative Business of the Year: Chalk Labs, LLC
  • Entrepreneurial Growth Award: New Power Solutions
  • Bill and Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year: Pat East, Hanapin Marketing

Jim Inman served as master of ceremonies for the presentation, hosted by the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center. The keynote speaker was Josh Bleill, community spokesman for the Indianapolis Colts.

Copyright: 2011