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Now hiring: Program Manager

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development is hiring a Program Manager to oversee the organization’s affordable housing development projects, among other duties.

HAND’s Program Manager works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, serving as a community liaison when necessary and conducting other duties related to housing development and education as assigned.

Two years of experience working in community development, nonprofit administration, housing or real estate development, property management, or construction management is preferred.

See the complete job listing and apply online.

Read HAND’s 2016 Annual Report

Guests who attended HAND’s Annual Meeting on May 10 received a copy of the organization’s 2016 Annual Report, which is available now online.

The document includes an introduction to Executive Director Jennifer Miller, an Executive Summary from outgoing Board President Tom Peck, and a look at HAND’s financial status as of Dec. 31, 2015.

All 2016 donors also are recognized in the Annual Report.

HAND plans to share audited 2016 financial results at its annual Housing Conference on Sept. 22.

Read the 2016 Annual Report.

3 community-improvement projects win seed funding

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HAND has selected three community-improvement projects in Hamilton County to receive $500 in seed funding as part of our Neighborhoods NOW initiative.

The three winning proposals were from:

  • River Run Homeowners Association in Noblesville, which will use the funds to develop a community garden
  • Greater Home Place Neighborhood Association, which is planning a neighborhood cleanup day for September
  • SERVE Noblesville, which will use the funds to purchase project supplies for its summer volunteer blitz

Made possible by a grant from Old National Bank Foundation, the seed funding is intended to help foster collaboration and build capacity in Hamilton County neighborhoods. HAND staff and volunteers also will assist recipients with project planning, outreach and implementation as needed.

The Neighborhoods NOW program, launched in 2014, encourages local residents to improve their communities.

HAND works to ensure that Hamilton County remains livable, with homes that are affordable for all residents. Since 2003, HAND has invested nearly $17 million in housing here.

In addition to developing and owning six properties that provide a total of 96 affordable apartments, HAND helps low-income homeowners make critical repairs to their homes.

We focus on housing because where we live impacts every aspect of our lives. Our homes are the foundation for our health, education, safety and economic well-being.

Having more homes that people can afford will strengthen our neighborhoods. Since most new homes in Hamilton County are too expensive for service workers and seniors, we must rebalance our supply to include options that will allow all of our neighbors to thrive.

Board Basics, other community training sessions scheduled

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In an effort to build capacity among Hamilton County community organizations, HAND Inc. is hosting a series of training sessions this year.

The first, Board Basics, is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 25 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1605 E 106th St. in Home Place.

The cost is $20 for a single session or $50 for all three. Additional topics are Neighborhood Association and Homeowners Association Basics, scheduled for July 18 in Fishers, and Effective Strategies for Local Advocacy, scheduled for Oct. 24 in Noblesville.

Board Basics will cover the essentials that every board member should know, including legal duties and other responsibilities. We’ll also talk about common board structures and management styles. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of what being a board member really means.

This session will be led by Prosperity Indiana Program Manager Rachel Mattingly, who provides training and consulting to boards and organizational leaders around the state. She also has experience acting as a board member, currently serving as board president of the Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence in Indianapolis.

HAND is organizing the training series with support from Old National Bank Foundation.

Now accepting applications for neighborhood projects

In an effort to foster collaboration and build capacity in Hamilton County neighborhoods, HAND is accepting applications from volunteer groups interested in seed funding for their community-based projects.

HAND will provide up to $500 to groups looking to build a stronger neighborhood. Our staff also can help with project planning, outreach and implementation.

See the Program Overview and Application for more details.

Applications are due by noon on Friday, April 14, and HAND will select recipients in April. (Deadline extended!)

Launched in 2014, the Neighborhoods NOW program empowers local residents to improve their communities. These quality-of-life projects could be anything from neighborhood cleanups and public safety campaigns to street beautification and community gardens.