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Hamilton County’s Section 8 wait list to open for first time since ’14

The Noblesville Housing Authority will be accepting pre-applications online for its Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List from 9 a.m. Oct. 2 through 4 p.m. Oct. 9.

Pre-applications must be submitted online at www.waitlistcheck.com/IN2939. There is no fee to apply.

Applicants will be able to submit the required information from any computer, tablet, or smart phone with online access. Status information regarding placement on the list will be available online within 10 calendar days after the closing date. Instructions regarding obtaining status information are provided during the online application process.

No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply during the period the list is open for applications.

Reasonable Accommodation: It is the policy of the Noblesville Housing Authority to provide reasonable accommodations to those persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in its housing programs. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Housing Authority at (317) 773-5110 ext. 101 no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 26. Persons with Limited English Proficiency will be offered competent interpretation services free of charge upon request.

“We are excited to be opening our waiting list so that we can provide housing assistance to more families and the elderly who are in need,” said NHA Executive Director Aimee Jacobsen. “Our new process for accepting pre-applications online will allow the greatest possible access to apply and help our agency efficiently meet the high demand for applications we anticipate. We have developed an application process that affords every interested applicant the opportunity to apply.”

Due to limited funding availability, not all applicants will be placed on the waiting list. Pre-applications will be selected and ordered using a random lottery system, keeping the process equitable and fair.

The time and date the application is submitted online has no bearing on whether it will be selected for the waiting list. There is no  advantage to applying immediately after the list opens. Applicants can apply online using a computer, tablet or smart phone with internet access anytime during the time the wait list is open.

Online applications will automatically be sorted by Noblesville Housing Authority preferences. Applicants who live or work in Hamilton County, are elderly or disabled, are veterans, or who live or work in Indiana will receive a preference on the list and are therefore encouraged to apply. After the pre-applications are sorted by preference, the online system will randomly select 200 of the pre-applications using a lottery system.

Applicants may verify if they were selected by logging in with their unique code online at www.housinglistcheck.com/IN2939 within 10 calendar days after the closing date.

The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government’s primary program that allows very low-income families to choose and lease or purchase safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.

The Housing Choice Voucher program covers the rent portion that exceeds approximately 30 percent of an eligible family’s monthly income. Any and all income-eligible families may submit a pre-application.

Acceptance and/or assistance are based on income verification, eligibility requirements, preference factors, and a lottery selection process. Maximum income levels, based on family size are as follows:

Family Size / Income Limit

  1. $27,050
  2. $30,900
  3. $34,750
  4. $38,600
  5. $41,700
  6. $44,800
  7. $47,900
  8. $51,000

Pre-applications will be removed from the wait list if any of the following are determined after the initial interview:

  • Drug or violent criminal activity within the last five years. If any drug activity, you may remain on the list if you have completed or are in a drug rehabilitation program at the time of the initial interview.
  • Life-time registered sex offender
  • Persons convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine
  • If any family member has been evicted/terminated from a federally-assisted housing program in the past five years.
  • Criminal background checks and screening for previous tenant history in assisted housing is conducted at the time of the eligibility interview for all adult household members.

Questions? Please contact the Noblesville Housing Authority directly at (317) 773-5110.

Can I Be Your Neighbor? HAND conference examines suburban housing choices

Housing Conference logo

Registration is open for HAND Inc.’s fourth-annual fall housing conference, scheduled for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Cambria Hotel Westfield. Titled “Can I Be Your Neighbor? Straight Talk about our Housing Choices,” the event will include a keynote session unveiling results of the 2018 Hamilton County Housing Needs Assessment.

Tickets are $65 per person and include a continental breakfast and lunch. Register here.

The keynote speaker is Rachel Denton, a partner in consultant Novogradac & Co.’s Kansas City office. HAND hired Novogradac to update the countywide housing analysis. The report is expected to explore the potential impact of our housing choices on local economic growth.

“It is becoming increasingly evident that a lack of affordable housing and the absence of public transit is leading to a workforce shortage in our county,” said HAND Executive Director Jennifer Miller. “We look forward to seeing the results of the Housing Needs Assessment and understanding more about how housing impacts the economic health of our community.”

Mark Fisher, chief policy officer for the Indy Chamber, will give a presentation on inclusive regional growth, and Samantha Spergel, director of real estate production for the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, will share the latest on state and national housing policies.

Other speakers include Carmel Realtor Shell Barger, Fishers developer Corby Thompson, Builders Association CEO Steve Lains, Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton, and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness.

Attendees also will participate in the United Way of Central Indiana’s “In One Moment” poverty simulation exercise.

Conference sponsors include United Fidelity Bank, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, Legacy Fund, Nelson & Frankenberger LLC, Boomerang Development, and HWC Engineering.

Founded as Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development in 2003, HAND has developed seven affordable rental communities with a total of 106 units in Hamilton County. This year, it acquired 17 duplexes in Lebanon, extending its reach to nearby Boone County. Its mission is to be a leader in promoting prosperity and diversity in its communities by providing quality housing opportunities.

Playground project wins grant from Carmel Rotary, District 6560

HAND Inc. has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Carmel Rotary Club and Rotary International District 6560 to help build a commercial-grade playground at HAND’s new Home Place Gardens development in Carmel. Rotary members also will help to install the playground.

Home Place Gardens is HAND’s seventh affordable rental community in Hamilton County and the first to include housing for families with children: Two of the 10 units at Home Place Gardens are reserved for families who have survived violence and are referred by Prevail Inc. The other eight units will be occupied by seniors age 55 and older.

Including a playground at Home Place Gardens is important because it gives resident families and their guests a recreational option close to home, HAND Executive Director Jennifer Miller said when accepting the grant at Carmel Rotary’s Aug. 3 lunch meeting.

“We hope the playground can help these children feel a little sense of normalcy in a very difficult situation,” said Carmel Rotary Club President Jon Walker.

Constructed on 2.4 acres south of 106th Street between College Avenue and the Monon Greenway, Home Place Gardens will welcome tenants beginning this month.

The $2.6 million project was funded with loans and grants from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, Hamilton County, Prevail Inc., Crosser Family Foundation and Woodforest National Bank.

The playground equipment was funded separately. In addition to the Rotary, contributors included 100+ Women of Hamilton County and Meyer Najem Construction. At least one volunteer work day will be scheduled for this fall to prepare the site for play.

Founded as Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development in 2003, HAND has developed seven affordable rental communities throughout Hamilton County, leasing a total of 106 units to low-income individuals and families. This year, it acquired 17 duplexes in Lebanon, extending its reach to nearby Boone County. Its mission is to be a leader in promoting prosperity and diversity in its communities by providing quality housing opportunities.

HAND hires consultant, schedules public meetings on housing needs

HAND Inc. has engaged Novogradac & Co. LLP, a national accounting and consulting firm, to complete the 2018 Hamilton County Housing Needs Assessment. This data-based analysis, which is conducted twice a decade, is used to determine local housing needs and to identify a strategy for meeting them.

In addition to collecting and evaluating demographic data at the county level, the consultant will solicit input from key stakeholders during a series of public open houses scheduled for the week of July 9. Representatives of local businesses, nonprofit agencies and government entities are invited to attend the meetings to share their thoughts on the state of housing in our community — and how it impacts their organizations.

The two-hour meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

  • 9-11 a.m. July 10, Grand Park Events Center, 19000 Grand Park Blvd., Westfield
  • 1-3 p.m. July 10, Sheridan Public Library, 103 W. First St., Sheridan
  • 2-4 p.m. July 11, Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square, Carmel
  • 1-3 p.m. July 12, Arcadia Town Hall, 208 W. Main St., Arcadia
  • 9-11 a.m. July 13, Fishers City Hall, 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers
  • 2-4 p.m. July 13, Noblesville City Hall, 16. S. 10th St., Noblesville

Participants can arrive anytime during the scheduled hours to provide feedback, and an online survey will be available through the end of July.

“The Housing Needs Assessment is a valuable tool, because it allows communities to get a clearer picture of the types and magnitude of their housing challenges and opportunities,” said Rachel Denton, a partner in Novogradac’s Kansas City, Mo., office. “This report will allow leaders and residents of Hamilton County to make better-informed decisions on how to best allocate their resources.”

Results from the study are expected to be unveiled at HAND’s annual sustainable housing conference on Sept. 21. Registration for that event is expected to open July 30.

“HAND has been working to provide quality housing options in Hamilton County for 15 years, and we know that the need is growing along with the population,” said Executive Director Jennifer M. Miller. “Now we will have current data to help us tell that story in an even more compelling way.”

The 2018 Housing Needs Assessment is funded by grants from The Legacy Fund, Duke Energy Foundation and the Noblesville Housing Authority. The report is required of communities that receive federal Community Development Block Grant funding in order to determine local needs.

Founded as Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development in 2003, HAND has developed seven affordable rental communities throughout Hamilton County, leasing a total of 106 units to low-income individuals and families. This year, it acquired 17 duplexes in Lebanon, extending its reach to nearby Boone County. Its mission is to be a leader in promoting prosperity and diversity in its communities by providing quality housing opportunities.

Novogradac is a national accounting and consulting firm with over 600 employees and partners in more than 25 offices. Specialty practice areas include tax, audit and consulting services for tax-credit-assisted affordable housing, community revitalization, rehabilitation of historic properties and renewable energy.