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

  • Guidance on Weatherization reopening timelines is expected to be released at the beginning of next week. 
  • All closeout forms have been submitted to IHCDA, we are processing them now. 

CSBG Updates

  • Contracts for the 2020 CARES Act funds are being finalized and are expected to be released next week.
  • 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 Module 3 submissions from eight participating organizations have been sent to NASCSP for pre-review before their final submission in July.

IDA Updates

  • A weekly conference call is scheduled for current IDA Administrators each Friday at 1:00pm EST. If you'd like the login information to join that call, please email

EAP Updates

  • Governor Holcomb has extended eviction and utility shutoff moratoriums, currently set to expire on June 4, to June 30. Here is a link to the Executive Order.
  • IHCDA is currently drafting new guidance and agreements for the distribution of CARES Act funding. We anticipate releasing this information within the next two weeks.
  • All LSPs should have received amendments for the last 1% of PY2020 funding, as well as new budget forms that allow an LSP to use up to 1% of its PY2020 award for technology enhancements. Please execute your amendment and send in your budget as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
  • When considering your budget, please bear in mind that the application period has been extended until July 31 and that regular and crisis benefits will be paid out of PY2020 funds, not CARES Act funds. With PY2019 Carryover, IHCDA still has a large chunk of funds available for amendments. Please evaluate your funding needs and submit amendment requests according to the procedure outlined in the manual.

New Resources

Building Readiness: Reopening Our Doors - This new resource from CAPLAW released today addresses many of the questions on the forefront of Community Action Agencies’ planning efforts in the wake of COVID-19. This resource may also be useful to states as they craft and implement updated policies and protocols. The guide is organized into five sections:

  1. Planning for reopening;
  2. Prevention and workplace safety protocols to minimize the spread of COVID
  3. Response to known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the workplace;
  4. Liability issues, actual or potential, with respect to COVID-19 related claims;
  5. Resources for additional guidance.

Indiana Department of Financial Institutions released a memo regarding check cashing options for stimulus checks. Licensed check cashing companies are permitted to charge a fee of the greater of five dollars ($5) or five percent (5%) of the face amount of a check for stimulus checks.  

Starting this week, families whose children receive free or reduced lunch at school will receive additional SNAP benefits, or food stamps. Families who do not otherwise receive SNAP benefits will receive a new card in the mail and instructions on how to use it. Others will have the additional benefits applied to their existing EBT cards by the end of May.

Additional Resources

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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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