IHCDA COVID-19 update: A message from Jake

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IHCDA COVID-19 update: A message from Jake

We had a busy week at IHCDA. As I shared in last week’s note, we released the draft program manual for the Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) program. We accepted public comments until yesterday at 5:00 pm Eastern.

I want to take a moment and thank everyone that reviewed the program manual and provided feedback to us. Your comments are extremely valuable as we begin to finalize the policy.


In other news this week, modular boxes were installed at Pando Aspen Grove in Indianapolis (pictured above). We featured Lutheran Child & Family Services and this development in the Fall issue of IHCDA…the Magazine. Pando Aspen Grove is being constructed using a modular building system. Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site using the same materials and standards as conventionally built facilities.

Speaking of affordable housing developments, we announced this week the 6 teams participating in the 2021 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. I would like to recognize and congratulate this year's teams:


Over the next few months, these teams will work closely with staff from IHCDA and CSH to establish their plans to develop affordable housing with access to supportive services for individuals with disabilities as well as individuals experiencing homelessness.

Since the Institute started, participating teams have combined to create more than 1,400 supportive housing units in Indiana. These units are vitally important as they provide safe and permanent housing for some of our most vulnerable Hoosiers.

February is Black History Month. A time set-aside each year for us to remember and celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation's history. It is also a time for us to recognize organizations working to promote diversity and inclusion.

Organizations like the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males (ICSSBM). The ICSSBM is committed to addressing the challenges confronting black males while trying to aid in decreasing the problems they face in the areas of Criminal Justice, Education, Employment, Health, and Social Factors.

I am proud that our Chief Legal Counsel David Stewart serves as a board member of this very important state agency. I would like to thank ICSSBM’s Executive Director James Garrett, and their board of directors including David, for their partnership and commitment to addressing disparities experienced by black males in Indiana.

Our entire team at IHCDA remains available to provide support and assistance to you and your organization. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time. We are #INthistogether.


J. Jacob Sipe
Executive Director

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