Community Services Update - June 12, 2020

Community Services Notice

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 Community Service contacts with any updates to policies or procedures.

Updated Resources:

Updated Resource List:

IHCDA has a list of updated resources available through our website.  We highly encourage all organizations serving the homeless to coordinate with their regional chair as well as their local health department, city/county government, township trustees, and key emergency assistance providers.  It is important to be as proactive as possible in this situation.

This week, we have added the following updates:

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Updates:
  • Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) Updates:
    • Mega Waiver: On May 22, HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) issued a second set of regulation waivers for Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The new waiver template as well as the memorandum that presented the waivers is located at  See Please Click Here to access additional COVID-19 resources and guidance.
    • ESG-CV and HOPWA CARES Act Funding: The IHCDA Community Services Team is proud to present the ESG-CV Homeless Prevention and ESG-CV Rapid Rehousing, Street Outreach, and Shelter Operations applications.
      • ESG-CV Homeless Prevention Application: IHCDA is seeking regional pivot point contracts or HUBS, who will serve as partners in providing rental and homelessness prevention assistance to individuals affected by COVID-19. Successful applicants will be organizations in each of the sixteen Indiana Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) regions that have experience with ESG Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention Services.  If an agency is interested in becoming a HUB, the agency can access the ESG-CV Homeless Prevention application on IHCDAs website found below. Applications are due June 19 by 5:00 pm.
      • ESG-CV Rapid Rehousing, Shelter operations, and Street Outreach Application: IHCDA is accepting applications from current Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) subrecipients who receive funding for rapid rehousing, shelter operations, and/or street outreach and who are experiencing an increased need for services due to COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations must be a current subrecipient and in good-standing with IHCDA and/or HUD.  There will be three opportunities to apply to this funding, allowing subrecipients to submit applications should they determine a need at a later time.  Applications will be due June 29, July 27, or August 24 by 5:00 pm.  If interested, please view
    • Debt Service Relief for Development Fund, HOME, and CDBG-D Loans: IHCDA has implemented a Relief Policy. This Relief Policy is designed to promote housing stability and to respond to concerns raised by IHCDA’s partners and affordable housing advocates.  For additional information, please review
    • Spring 2020 Development Day: IHCDA has launched its first virtual Development Day. IHCDA has created 8 sessions of content to share.  For the full list of topics and links to each webinar, view for more details.  
    • NEW CoC Forms Available: The IHCDA Community Services Team has updated forms for the Continuum of Care programs. For any updated forms, such as claims form or income rent calculation forms, please view the following link;
    • CoC, ESG, HOPWA Eviction Moratorium Information: IHCDA has received information from HUD regarding the eviction moratoriums and their relation to ESG, COC, and HOPWA programs.
      • “Overview of CARES Act Moratorium on Evictions and Effect on the Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) Program” – Published March 2020. This information is located at  See Please Click Here to access additional COVID-19 resources and guidance.
      • How Does the Federal Eviction Moratorium Impact the Emergency Solutions Grant and Continuum of Care Program?” Published March 2020. This information is located at See Please Click Here to access additional COVID-19 resources and guidance.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Indiana has been awarded $17 million in supplemental Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding through the CARES Act.  This funding allows IHCDA to administer the program at the state level to help more Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  To see eligibility requirements and a list of local service providers who administer the program in Indiana, call 2-1-1 or visit:

Important Lists: Openings, Available Local Resources

  • Isolation Shelter Locations:
    • The following regions have successfully implemented isolation shelters: Region 1, 2, 2a, 3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 14.
    • Additionally, the following regions are in the process of setting up their isolation shelters: Region 1a, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11.
    • If your region is setting up an isolation shelter, please contact Elby Hilton at to be added to our list.
  • Regional Updates:
    • Homeless Organization Status List by Region: To help communities understand what is available to them in their regions, we have asked regional chairs to submit status updates on organizations serving the homeless to us.
      • Regional Chairs can complete the form on a weekly basis here:
      • The updated list will soon be on our website here:
    • Indiana Township Association: The Indiana Township Association is committed to see that all townships receive guidance and support during COVID-19, which can be found at
  • Other Lists:
    • ISDH Public Health Regions: ISDH has put together a map of regional contacts for public health needs across the state. You can find that information here:
    • Food Opportunity Lists: FSSA has put together a list of places individuals can still find free/reduced food resources. The full list is updated weekly and available here:
    • Department of Corrections Community Resource List: This is a compilation of resources that are available across the state. The updated list can be found on our website here:

Best Practice Updates:

State of Indiana Updates:

  • Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) has offered several sample policies and guides for COVID-19 response. Updates on our website include EEOC and survivor guidance.  Additionally, ICADV has provided and updated shelter status updates that will be accessible on the IHCDA website. This information is located at  See Please Click Here to access additional COVID-19 resources and guidance.
  • Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has announced that there is now online purchasing available for SNAP recipients in Indiana. SNAP recipients in Indiana may use their Hoosier Works EBT cards to purchase groceries online for pickup or delivery at two approved retailers – Amazon and Walmart. Hoosiers can apply for SNAP or TANF funds here:
  • The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) provides the most up-to-date information and responses to COVID-19 in the state of Indiana. For any information relating to reopening, best practices, and the states response to COVID-19, please view
  • The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC): The mission of the OUCC is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving. For more information on the OUCC, please view

Best Practices Webinars-National Partners

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC has issued a “Checklist for Homeless Service Providers During Community Re-opening.” Published May 2020. To view this information, view
  • American Red Cross: The American Red Cross has created a Virtual Family Assistance Center to provide resources to those who are grieving or traumatized due to COVID-19. To support this mission, the Red Cross is offering our infrastructure to provide a virtual opportunity for agencies and potential clients to connect.  The Virtual Family Assistance Center can be accessed at
  • U.S. Interagency Council to end Homelessness (USICH): USICH’s Spring Council meeting took place on March 25. The Council meeting focused on reviewing and approving a new USICH charter, reviewing next steps for the upcoming revision of the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, and sharing updates from member agencies around their response to COVID-19, as it is impacting people at risk of and experiencing homelessness.  To view the full announcement, see
  • National Low-Income Housing and the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition: The “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act” includes NLIHC’s top priorities for any future coronavirus relief package. The resources and protections included in the HEROES Act build on the successes advocates achieved in the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.” These priorities must be included in the next coronavirus relief package to address the urgent needs of people who are experiencing homelessness and individuals on the brink of homelessness.  For the full memorandum with information focused on the most urgent needs and prioritization, please view
  • Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS): BRSS TACS is hosting a free Recovery Live! And other related virtual events about implementing effective recovery supports and services for children, youth, families, young adults, adults, seniors, and other populations with mental or substance abuse disorders. Participants engage directly with moderators and each other through live chatting, polls, and other interactive features.

IHCDA Updates/Reminders:

Sub-recipient Questions

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