News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 11, 2013

UCP to buy CODA apartment building

Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — United Cerebral Palsy has entered into an agreement to buy an apartment building at 1400 Hulman St. from the Council On Domestic Abuse, which will allow UCP  to expand its housing and independent living services.

UCP will take possession of the apartments on Nov. 1, said UCP executive director Susie Thompson.

“We have two apartments rented even though we haven’t taken possession of the building,” Thompson said. “We will move our main office there and will continue keeping the Bell building” at 621 Poplar St.

UCP’s Poplar Street site will maintain an office two days a week, while the remainder of the lower level of the building will be rented out, Thompson said.

CODA lost its funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which altered how it funds transitional housing, said CODA executive director Gwen Tucker. That funding will cease at the end of October, Tucker said.

CODA will continue to have its offices in the Hulman Street apartments for at least a year, but will refocus on its main mission of providing an emergency shelter for the abused, Tucker said.

“CODA is here to stay. It has been here since 1985 and we will refocus back on our emergency shelter and on prevention services, educating our children so the [abuse] cycle does not begin,” Tucker said.

CODA will relocate residents who are in the apartments, Tucker said.

The Hulman Street apartment complex will provide five three-bedroom apartments, five two-bedroom apartments and will have a single one-bedroom apartment, which will be converted from two studio apartments, Thompson said.

“We are so excited about this,” Thompson said. “We have a waiting list of 33 people, so that is why we are so pleased to be able to get this facility. There is not one week that goes by that we don’t get two or three calls for a request for housing.

“We do have a very unique niche in the community, one of the only organizations that serves people with disabilities to keep them out of nursing homes and group homes,” Thompson said.

UCP will assume forgivable federal loans on the building, Thompson said. UCP will provide some housing to low-income residents based on those federal loans.

UCP will move its main office to the Hulman Street apartments as it will be close to its other facilities, Thompson said. UCP currently has 24 houses, located on 131⁄2 and 14th Streets, and 12 apartments at its Poplar Street building. The new site on Hulman Street also has more than 2.5 acres of land that will allow UCP to expand in the future, Thompson said.

UCP last year served 1,400 people in its programs and 146 people in its independent living program.



Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com.