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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. 

Indiana Rent Assistance Portal - visit;
For Marion County residents, visit

New Resources

  • Need a refresher on CSBG, or have new CSBG staff? Watch CAPLAW's Introduction to CSBG Training Module.
  • Interested in providing tablets and/or internet access to your clients as part of your COVID-19 response? Check out this video about a community outreach program run in partnership with T-mobile. Ask Emily if you want direct contact information so you can explore doing something similar in your communities.
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) "COVID-19 Workplace Safety 2020" online training. This 4-hour, multi-part class is intended for WAP specific workers who are planning to, transitioning to, or have already begun returning to field operations. The WAP network will be able to access the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Training through June 2021 at the following link:
  • Virtual RECS 2020 - The 20th Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held virtually on October 13 – 15 and October 19 – 22, 2020. OPRE in the ACF, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has convened researchers, State and local administrators, practitioners, policymakers, and Federal officials to discuss cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies.

  • On July 14, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing, its annual report documenting the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing across the nation.

Reminders for Subgrantees


  • Module 1 of the 2019 Annual Report has been submitted. All final Module 2-4 forms have been collected and are expected to be submitted to OCS by noon today.
  • Amendments for the 1% remainder of 2020 CSBG funds are currently being finalized and will be sent out by early next week.
  • CARES Act Needs Assessments and Action Plans are currently being reviewed; notes and requests for updates will go out early next week.


  • Community Programs staff will take proposed 2020 IDA Awards to IHCDA’s Board of Directors on 7/23. Once those are approved, notices will be sent out to all 2020 applicants, followed closely by award agreements.


  • Please continue outreach to ensure as many potentially eligible households in your service areas are aware of and offered the opportunity to apply for EAP.
  • As the application deadline nears, many utility vendors are also ramping up their communications concerning the availability of EAP.
  • Be sure your outreach includes information that households that already received EAP may be eligible for additional benefits if their employment was impacted by the public health crisis.
  • As we near the end of the statewide moratorium on August 14, please be sure your client base is aware of the requirement that IURC-jurisdictional utilities offer payment arrangements of at least 6 months. Governor Holcomb has also recommended that non-jurisdictional utilities offer similar arrangements, and most REMCs have indicated to IHCDA that they intend to follow suit. Many clients may have arrearages too large for us to fully mitigate,and these clients should be advised that they should enter into an agreement to avoid disconnection in August, as well as referred to other community resources.


  • 2019 DOE carryover funding and additional 2020 WAP LIHEAP funding are currently being processed and will be sent to the network in the next few weeks.


  • Serving families with young children? Don't forget about On My Way PreK, which awards grants to 4 year olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten. 
  • For a variety of eCourses, webinars, publications, toolkits, resource guides, and online tools, visit the Partnership's Resource Library

Census 2020

  • Ask Me About the Census! eCourse Understand the basics about the Census, and be able to reach out to your customers, clients and community to help them understand it too! Click here

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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