IHCDA RED Monthly February 2016

RED Monthly

Important Dates

January 31: Annual Owner Certifications of Compliance due

February 9: CHDO 101 virtual class (see RED Notice 16-08 to sign up!)

February 23: CHDO 201 virtual class

February 25: 2016 RHTC awards announced during IHCDA Board of Directors Meeting

March 16: supplemental HOME round applications due by 5pm.

March 17: CHDO 301 virtual class

May 2: 2016 CDBG OOR final policy and application posted online. Application round begins.

May 11: supplemental HOME awards announced.

May 16: 2016 HOME rental and homebuyer final policies and applications posted online. Application round begins.

July 1: 2016 CDBG OOR applications due by 5pm.

August 5: 2016 HOME rental and homebuyer applications due by 5pm.


RED Notices

RED 15-45 2016 RHTC applicant list

RED 15-46 Closeout Monitoring Self-Training Available Online

RED 15-47 2015 Annual Owner Certification Forms / 2016 Reporting

RED 16-01 Request for Proposal-2016 Ongoing Rental Compliance Trainer

RED 16-02 Utility Allowance Review Request and Fee Change

RED 16-03 Home Supplemental Funding Round

RED 16-04 Con Plan Survey

RED 16-05 Extended Use Policy Request Submission

RED 16-06 Production Department Updated Application Dates

RED 16-07: 2015 Common Physical Inspection Issues

RED 16-08: CHDO Training Updates


RED Production Analysts, Drew Rosenbarger (SE) and Katie Bannon (NE), work on revising the 2016 HOME rental and homebuyer application forms.


IHCDA's Executive Director, Jake Sipe, presents at the 2016 Stellar Communities Program Informational Workshop on January 27th. 16 Indiana communities have shown interest in the 2016 designation round.


IHCDA's Production Analysts, Tax Credit Manager, Placemaking Manager and the Underwriting team score the 2016 Rental Housing Tax Credit applications. 50 applications were received and the awards will be announced at the Board of Directors meeting on February 25, 2016.


If your agency has a new staff member who wishes to receive this newsletter, please e-mail Danielle Miller, Real Estate Coordinator at danmiller@ihcda.in.gov

This monthly newsletter provides information and updates from the Real Estate Department (RED) at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). If you have a specific interest or subject area that you would like to read more about please contact us.


HOME Supplemental Funding Round

The supplemental HOME funding round began on January 27th. Applications are due March 16th and awards announced May 11th. Keep an eye out for the upcoming application webinar date to be announced via RED Notice.

Applications must be submitted with a hard copy plus two copies of the Phase I Environmental Review. All tabs should be uploaded via the FTP site. Contact Dani Miller for FTP account set-up.

If you have questions, please contact your Regional Real Estate Analyst or the RED Production Director, Samantha Spergel.


2016 CDBG OOR & HOME Timeline

There have been a fewchanges to the 2016 HOME and CDBG timelines. Please use the following dates when planning your projects:

The CDBG OOR round begins on Monday, May 2nd when the policy and application is posted on IHCDA's website. These applications are due by 5pm Friday, July 1, 2016.

The HOME round begins on Monday, May 16th when the homebuyer and rental applications and policies are posted online. These applications are due by 5pm Friday, August 5, 2016.

If you have questions about your projects or would like to schedule a meeting, please contact your Real Estate Analyst.


CHDO Capacity Virtual Trainings : Sign up now!

Beginning in 2017, IHCDA will amend its policies for the HOME program in a way that will give a significant funding advantage to certified Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). This capacity building program provides special assistance to private, nonprofit, community based entities with staff capacity to carry out affordable housing activities. This program is open to existing (certified) CHDOs as well as those nonprofits seeking to become CHDOs.

Starting February 9th, virtual CHDO Capacity Training classes will be offered. These classes are free and not required, but it is strongly recommended your team attends the classes to understand the requirements of the IHCDA CHDO program

There will be a scoring advantage in the 2017 HOME application and an offer for one-on-one technical assistance with HPG Network for those that complete all of the listed CHDO courses.

Registration for CHDO sessions 101, 201 and 301 is open and dates have been set for 301, 401 and 501 modules. See RED Notice 16-08 for dates, details and registration links.


2015 Common Physical Inspection Issues

Are you an OOR administrator, RHTC grantee or contractor? Don't miss out on RED Notice 16-07! This notice discusses the common issues identified in all 2015 pre-8609 and OOR progress and final inspections. Inspections will be more incorporated into future policies and applications for points so learn what you can do now to prevent problems and delays!


Introducing Samantha Spergel, IHCDA's new RED Production Director


I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where I developed my passion for placemaking, planning and urban policy. I ventured to Indiana to pursue my Master in Public Affairs from Indiana University- Bloomington, but moved back to Ohio after graduation to work as a research associate for a smart-growth advocacy think-tank, assisting with studies on targeted demolition and vacant and abandoned housing; and providing training to small cities throughout Ohio on best development practices. I wanted to implement affordable housing policies through a local government perspective and wandered back to Indiana to work for the City of Indianapolis. In my two and a half years at the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD), I held positions in both the Financial and Community Development divisions, gaining exposure and providing oversight on numerous HUD and EPA grants. Most notably I held the positon as the HOME Investment Partnership Grant Manager, where I helped advance transit oriented development and affordable housing policies; as well as the IndyEast Promise Zone Chief Coordination Officer, acting as the City’s primary liaison for the designation.  My few years working in community development in Indiana have been incredibly rewarding and I am very grateful to be part of the IHCDA team.


Introducing Carmen Lethig, IHCDA's new Placemaking Manager!


I’ve been at IHCDA for a little over seven years. During that time I’ve worked with the HOME and CDBG programs as a Real Estate Production Analyst and then as the Director of Real Estate Production. I’m so excited to move into a new role at IHCDA as the Placemaking Manager. I get a lot of questions that go like this: So…that’s cool. What is that exactly? I will take the lead on IHCDA special initiatives related to placemaking and comprehensive community development activities. This includes maintaining our current special programs including Stellar Communities, My Community, My Vision and our involvement in the Lifelong Indiana Coalition. I will also be the lead on creating special initiatives focused on placemaking activities that may include creative placemaking (arts + community/economic development), youth involvement in community development, food security, historic preservation + affordable housing, etc. I’ve got lots of ideas to pursue in the next few months and am looking forward to sharing the outcomes with this year! I will also stay involved in the HOME and CDBG programs by working with the Environmental Review and Section 106 process.