Community Programs Weekly

Community Programs Weekly

IHCDA continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 in Indiana as circumstances change and additional information becomes available. To provide transparency and customer service, IHCDA will update this list with any new policies/procedures as they become available. These updates will be provided on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future.

IHCDA Updates

IHCDA has developed a new page on our website to keep you informed of our actions, and other important information during this critical time. This is your one-stop-shop for all the resources, guidance and information that we issue related to COVID-19.

New Resources

  • Applications open for limited funds: Paycheck Protection (PPP) loans for nonprofits The PPP will be administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and implemented by banks around the country that are already approved as SBA lenders as well as other banks and credit unions who opt in to the program. The money will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. The window opened April 3. Learn more 
  • The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced today new housing resources available to Hoosiers struggling to pay their rent and mortgage payments. In addition to re-instituting the mortgage payment assistance program through Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) for homeowners, IHCDA has developed a new resource guide to help homeowners and renters avoid future eviction and foreclosure. 

Reminders for Subgrantees

  • CSBG Updates
    • The recordings of the CAR Tool webinars hosted last week are now provided on IHCDA’s website, along with a Q&A document. Those resources can be found under “Monitoring” here.  
    • Comments on 2019 Annual Report Module 3 submissions will be sent on Monday, April 13.
  • EAP Funding and Operations 
    • Indiana will be receiving a third release of federal funds as part of the CARES Act. IHCDA will share specifics with the network as information becomes available. 
    • Please remember to adhere to crisis and file processing guidelines and to keep IHCDA informed of any changes to your service delivery model so that we may properly advise applicants calling in to IHCDA. 
    • Remember that applicants who have been laid off due to the public health crisis may be eligible for the drastic loss of income policy. Eligibility should always be determined initially by using the past three months of income, and can be reassessed using the drastic loss policy as a redetermination.
  • Wx Guidance Pertaining to COVID-19 
    • Guidance on how to cease production sent March 202020 via email is available here 
    • Guidance pertaining to DOE PY2019 closeout sent March 27, 2020 via email is available here

Upcoming Webinars from State and National Partners

Community Action Partnership

  • What the Coronavirus means for your Retirement Finances. Wednesday, April 15 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Register here. 
  • Community Action Network COVID Weekly Update. Thursday, April 16 at 3:00pm Eastern Time. Register here.

National Community Action Foundation 

  • Conversation with the Office of Community Services. Tuesday, April 14 at 2:15pm Eastern Time. Register here.

Additional Resources

  • OCRA announced they are making available a portion of their CDBG funds for non-entitlement local units of government (town, cities, counties) to address immediate impacts of COVID19. Consider reaching out to your local unit of government to coordinate applying for these funds. 
  • LUNA COVID-19 Response Center webpage provides links to stay-at-home FAQs, governor’s addresses re: COVID-19, and infographic Public Health Department PSAs in a number of languages for use in your programs. Click here for more. 
  • Comcast Offering 'Internet Essentials' Package Free for Low-Income Customers for 60 Days. Comcast announced last week that it will be making its 'Internet Essentials' package available free of charge for low-income customers. Click here to read more. 
  • Remote Accounting in the Time of Coronavirus Suggestions to address both short- and long-term needs to allow for continued functioning of your accounting team through a crisis. Click here to read more. 
  • Paid Leave Under COVID-19 Response Act: What CAAs Need to Know, presented by CAPLAW 
    • On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. Effective April 2, 2020, the Act requires employers to provide up to two weeks of paid sick leave to employees forced to miss work for qualifying reasons due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Download Slides 
  • Weatherization Online Training Offerings. This Excel document has been compiled by DOE and the Weatherization Trainers Consortium. This list of over 200 trainings is sortable by title, applicable job category, cost, CEUs and more. These include trainings applicable to administrative and management staff, as well as our standard four field worker categories of RIT, CL, EA and QCI. 
  • New Training Available for WAP Administrative Professionals. The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) announces the launch of Training for WAP Administrative Professionals. Developed in response to WAP network feedback, these self-paced online trainings are designed for WAP Subgrantee staff, yet are applicable to Grantees, subcontractors, and WAP stakeholders. Access the training.  

COVID-19 and Census 2020

Agencies are encouraged to continue outreach to ensure their clients are counted in the 2020 Census. Given the impact that COVID-19 is having on in-person interactions, agencies should direct their clients to the online questionnaire here: Additional resources related to the Census can be found below: