Hammond is in the northwest corner of Indiana, in many respects a part of the Chicago metropolitan area.
Columbia Center was built by the Hammond Housing Authority (HHA) during 1940>1942, comprising 400 units and 147 buildings on a large tract. It was a major contributor to the development of the southern part of Hammond, and a key source of affordable housing from WWII on. Though continuing to provide affordable housing, by the early 21st century Columbia Center was in deteriorating condition. Working with HHA, a multi-phase Master Plan was developed to provide a broad range of housing, including a senior elevator building as well as rehab and new construction of family housing of many types. HHA created an affiliated non-profit developer instrumentality, Homestead Enterprise Housing (HEH). The jewel-in-the-crown is the Community Center, adding to the truly green design, construction and operation of 381 units. Redevelopment used a broad range of financial and operational strategies, including Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Project-Based Vouchers.
Year: 2003 to present
Contributor: Dennis Mobley and Tom Nutt-Powell