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New housing solution for people with disabilities in Columbus, IN

Thanks to the efforts of a coalition of many groups, eight people with developmental or physical disabilities will soon have new homes created for them on Columbus’ east side.

LifeDesigns_Screen-shot-2014-10-05-at-10.50.43-PM1On Oct. 7, 2016, ground was broken for LIFEDesigns at McKinley, two homes funded with grant money from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, and the Old National Bank Foundation, according to LIFEDesigns’ CEO, Susan Rinne.

“We have been planning since 2013 to move our group home in Nashville,” Rinne said at the ceremony. “The support from the City of Columbus has been amazing and welcoming. It takes a lot of pieces put together to create a project like this and make housing affordable. We’ve had many great partners in this effort.”

Designs’ grant application for FHLBI’s competitive Affordable Housing Program grants. Since 2013, Old National has helped 19 projects like LIFEDesigns access AHP funds for a total of $8,592,268.

LifeDesignsMcKinley_IMG_9108_croppedScott Shishman (in tan suit), Old National Bank’s Market President and Commercial Relationship Executive, said their participation is part of a mission of community service.

“We enjoy giving back to our communities,” Shishman said. “Last year (2015) we gave about 100,000 volunteer hours to our local communities—and that’s just what we tracked. It was probably more. We have, roughly, 2,500 associates. That equates to around 40 hours of volunteer time per associate given back to our communities in 2015.

“But, we’re working with LIFEDesigns in a couple ways—through the foundation, for sure, but we also do business with them. We’re pleased to be involved in their good work.”

MaryBeth Wott, Community Investment Officer, said FHLBI is pleased to be able to connect Old National Bank with LIFEDesigns because the key to accessing AHP funds is partnering with an FHLBI member. “It’s exciting for us to be a part of this opportunity and see these groups come together for the community good.”