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's COVID-19 web page provides a list of our actions to date, and other important information during this critical time. 

Reminders for Subgrantees

Weatherization Updates

  • DOE closeouts due May 15.
  • All requested APCU waivers have been sent, 5/14/2020. 

CSBG Updates

  • IHCDA has received $14.5 million in CARES Act funding, and is waiting for the corresponding award letter to seek approval to release the funds and to finalize the needs assessment and action plan templates.
  • A discussion about the needs assessment and action plan has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 11am EST. If you did not receive login information for that discussion, please email 
  • For the 2019 Annual Report, the tentative plan is to have NASCSP review Module 3 submissions next week and then have those submissions finalized by the end of the month. June will then be spent finalizing Modules 2 & 4.

IDA Updates

  • 2020 Applications due Monday.
  • Amendments for IDA018 and IDA019 have been sent out for e-signature to extend the terms.

EAP Updates

  • IHCDA has not yet received an update on when the CARES Act funding might come through.
  • IHCDA will be issuing firm guidance concerning the ability to use LIHEAP funding to purchase technology enhancements in the very near future – please keep an eye on your inbox for that.

New Resources

Wipfli Webinar: Technology Gone WrongWhat happens when the technology we rely on becomes a risk? Explore this session full of stories, what-to-watch-for examples and practical solutions to help you think about the risks and rewards of technology in today’s environment — including in remote environments.5/21/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CT) 

COVID-19: Workplace Safety Course- This 4 hour online class is from the Energy Smart Academy at Santa Fe Community College, an IREC accredited training center. The course covers information to help you get safely back to work in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Relevant to both office staff and field staff, it has been created with an OSHA safety trainer and explains safety precautions, specific job recommendations and communication skills needed going forward. $75.00 fee, approved for 2 BPI CEUs. Please email for more information and to sign up. More information here.

Last Friday, OCS released CSBG IM 2020-158 CARES Act Supplemental Administrative Guidance. This information memorandum provides preliminary information on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Supplemental Award process.

National Partner Updates in May- Join Community Action National Partners CAP, CAPLAW, and NASCSP for a weekly update on the impact of COVID-19 on the network, taking place every Thursday at 3 ET. On this page you can register for the next several weeks.  

Additional testing sites will open around the state as part of Indiana’s large-scale testing effort for COVID-19. Locations and registration have been added to the COVID-19 testing map at Hoosiers who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed and need a test to return to work are encouraged to visit a state-sponsored testing site for free testing. Individuals without symptoms who are at high risk because they are over age 65, have diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or another underlying condition, as well as those who are pregnant, live with a high-risk individual or are a member of a minority population that’s at greater risk for severe illness, also are encouraged to get tested. Individuals should bring proof of Indiana residency such as a state-issued ID, work ID or utility bill.

Low-Income Energy Affordability: Conclusions from a Literature Review ­– Examines the persistent problem of high energy burdens among low-income households, based on a review of more than 180 publications that feature to several promising opportunities to address energy affordability such as inclusive solar programs, leveraged health care benefits, and behavioral economics.

Annotated Bibliography of Literature Addressing Low-Income Energy Affordability in the United States – Describes literature (published from 2010 to 2019) that examines low-income energy affordability in the United States.

Additional Resources

  • The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) has created a video series entitled "Community Action Together,"  Each episode will feature David Bradley in conversation with a Community Action Agency (CAA) from around the country to hear more about their agency's community and response to the current health and economic crises.
  • Telehealth basics for social work educators & behavioral health clinicians responding to COVID-19 self-paced online introductory course. It includes three modules that provide help with risk-management, ethical guidelines, service policies, social media and strategies and skills for engaging with clients online. Participants can earn two CEUs. Cost: free. Enroll here
  • TechSoup launched its COVID-19 Response Fund to underwrite technology hardware and tools, training and services from its growing list of resources. TechSoup also is hosting virtual workshops on managing the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits. TechSoup’s COVID-19 Forum is an online message board dedicated to nonprofit topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, go to
  • The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) re-instituted the mortgage payment assistance program through Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) for homeowners, and has developed a new resource guide to help homeowners and renters avoid future eviction and foreclosure. 
  • OSHA has released a Resource regarding COVID-19 workplace safety.
  • Info on Safety Protocols- NASCSP has added several resources to our website here. NASCSP has developed a document of suggestions for states: Considerations for WAP Field Work. Additionally, NASCSP held a webinar on this topic which is available on our webpage here.

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:

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