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HAND awarded $2M in funding for senior housing in Tipton

Preliminary Tipton site plan

Noblesville-based HAND Inc. plans to invest $2.1 million to build a nine-unit rental property in Tipton for low-income seniors.

The nonprofit housing and neighborhood development organization will receive $2 million from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Development Fund programs; it also will utilize a bank loan.

HAND’s Tipton development is planned for about an acre of vacant land on Southwood Drive, just east of Tipton High School. The property is in an existing residential neighborhood where construction stalled. Residents of the area asked HAND to consider building there to address the need for more affordable senior housing in the Tipton County seat.

“Across rural parts of Indiana, there is a shortage of safe, decent and affordable housing,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as IHCDA’s board chair. “This funding will not only support the creation of affordable units, but [it also will] leverage additional investment into Tipton County.”

Tipton Mayor Don Havens credited synergies promoted by Tipton Care Coalition for this investment. “Over the past few years, this local coalition led by Dr. JoAnn Burke and Bill Gossard … has prioritized affordable senior housing for Tipton,” Havens said. As a result, Indianapolis-based TWG also is developing a $7 million, 49-unit senior apartment building there. “$9 million total investment is phenomenal for a community the size of Tipton.”

The Southwood Villas development will be HAND’s first in Tipton County. The 16-year-old organization already owns eight rental communities in Hamilton and Boone counties—in Carmel, Cicero, Noblesville, Sheridan and Lebanon—leasing almost 140 affordable apartments to low-income residents.

 “HAND is excited to become part of the Tipton community,” said Executive Director Jennifer Miller. “We look forward to working with our new neighbors.”

Plans call for constructing three single-story buildings, each with three 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom rental units. Residents must be at least 62 years old and earn no more than 60 percent of area median income. Rents will be based on income and family size.

The development will address key housing issues and goals cited in Tipton’s 2012 Comprehensive Plan by providing safe and suitable housing opportunities for the growing senior population. The rental housing options will help with alleviating concerns about housing accessibility, property maintenance and affordability that older adults often experience.

Founded in 2003 as Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc., HAND has invested more than $21 million in suburban housing.

HAND wins LOVE Thy Neighborhood Award

HAND Inc. was honored at LISC Indianapolis’ third-annual LOVE Thy Neighborhood Awards on April 18, winning the Vitality award for its Home Place Gardens development in Carmel.

The LOVE Awards recognize community game changers in the Indianapolis region—“the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play and stay.”

A field of 60 nominees was narrowed to three finalists in each of four categories:

  • Livability: Creating healthy, active, and beautiful places
  • Opportunity: Fostering entrepreneurship and employment
  • Vitality: Reviving a growing and diverse population
  • Education: Offering excellent lifelong learning opportunities

Other finalists in the Vitality category were Shelton Heights Neighborhood Park in Indianapolis and the Hearts & Hands of Indiana home-rehab program.

Indy Urban Acres won the Livability award, the Build Fund won the Opportunity award, and Starfish Initiative won the Education award. Each winner received $2,500, a trophy, and a professionally produced video that premiered at the awards ceremony.

Those attending the awards gala at the Indiana War Memorial selected the winner of a People’s Choice award after watching the videos. Brookside Community Play, a finalist in the Education category, took home that $5,000 prize.

HAND’s Home Place Gardens development, which opened last year in a newly annexed area of Carmel, is located on 2.4 acres south of 106th Street between College Avenue and the Monon Greenway.

The inter-generational community includes eight one- and two-bedroom duplex apartments for low-income seniors ages 55 and older and two three-bedroom detached homes for families who have survived violence and are referred by Prevail Inc. Those two rental houses are the only of their kind in Hamilton County, which does not have an emergency shelter.

HAND’s mission is to be a leader in promoting prosperity and diversity in its communities by providing quality housing opportunities for low- and moderate income individuals and families.

Save the date: Annual Celebration set for June 13 in Noblesville

Affordable apartments in a golf course community? See firsthand how affordable housing can enhance any neighborhood when you attend HAND’s 2019 Annual Celebration at Pebble Brook Gardens in Noblesville.

The event, scheduled for 3-5 p.m. June 13, will include property tours and brief remarks about HAND’s recent successes.

Registration is free, but please let us know you’re coming so we can have adequate refreshments on hand.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Andrea Davis if your business would like to support this event or HAND’s other 2019 events and activities.

HAND’s Home Place Gardens vying for LISC vitality award

Karen and Dick Wenzel

Keep your fingers crossed for HAND’s Home Place Gardens development, one of three finalists in the Vitality category at the 3rd Annual Love Thy Neighborhood Awards hosted by LISC Indianapolis.

The awards recognize “the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play, and stay.”

Finalists are vying for awards in the following categories:

  • Livability: Creating healthy, active, and beautiful places
  • Opportunity: Fostering entrepreneurship and employment
  • Vitality: Reviving a growing and diverse population
  • Education: Offering excellent lifelong learning opportunities

Home Place Gardens, which opened last year in a newly annexed area of Carmel, is located on 2.4 acres south of 106th Street between College Avenue and the Monon Greenway.

The inter-generational development includes eight one- and two-bedroom duplex apartments for low-income seniors ages 55 and older and two three-bedroom detached homes for families that have survived violence. Those two rental houses are the only of their kind in Hamilton County, which does not have an emergency shelter.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony April 18. All finalists in the four categories also will be eligible to win the People’s Choice Love Award, chosen by those attending the event.

All finalists receive a professionally produced video highlighting their accomplishments. HAND’s video, featuring an interview with Home Place Gardens residents Dick and Karen Wenzel (see photo, top) will be available online after the event.

Trivia Night draws crowd

More than 130 people turned out Feb. 22 for the second annual HAND Trivia Night. Held at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville, the event raised more than $9,000 to support HAND’s programs.

Many thanks to event sponsors Peterson Architecture and Hamilton County Tourism, as well as dessert sponsors Nothing Bundt Cake and Boden’s Bakery, for helping to make the event a success!

PLAN AHEAD: Our next Trivia Night is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2020, at the Embassy Suites.

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