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HAND board elects officers

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HAND’s Board of Directors enters 2019 with a new slate of officers and several new members. Please join us in thanking the following officers for their commitment to HAND’s mission:

  • Cory Daly, HWC Engineering, President
  • Keith Broadnax, Cinnaire Corp., Vice President
  • Sandy Thomas, Front Porch Real Estate, Secretary
  • Dennis Cecil, Woodforest National Bank, Treasurer
  • Sara Hill, Lake City Bank, Past President

New directors elected to three-year terms are Emily Barry of Nickloy & Higdon LLP, Dennis Cecil of Woodforest National Bank, Lauren Guynn of Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County, and Brittany Heidenreich of TLF Inc.

HAND hires Office & Asset Manager

Tami Arballo, Office & Asset Manager

Tami Arballo joined HAND on Nov. 19 as the organization’s part-time Office & Asset Manager.

She works Monday-Thursday, overseeing general office administration and serving as a liaison to our property management firm. Arballo also will manage HAND’s ongoing participation in the Hamilton County Home Repair Partnership.

A native of southern California, she most recently worked as an administrative assistant at a skilled nursing facility in Carmel. She also has experience as an assistant property manager and leasing manager at market-rate apartment communities in central Indiana.

Arballo lives in Noblesville with two of her three children. Her oldest graduated from Noblesville High School in 2018.

“We moved here from Texas to be near my twin sister,” Arballo said. “I am excited to work in the community I have been so fortunate to be a part of for the past five years.”

Registration opens for second-annual Stay Home for HAND fundraiser

HAND Inc.’s unusual fundraiser is back for a second year, offering supporters the chance to stay home to support HAND’s central Indiana housing programs. The inaugural Stay Home for HAND non-event raised more than $10,000 in 2016.

Instead of asking donors to attend an upscale event in a rented venue, HAND invites the community to stay home on the evening of Nov. 10—enjoying the kind of warmth and comfort that the organization provides our low- and moderate-income neighbors.

This year’s fundraiser is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Nov. 10, but participants can stay home whenever it fits their schedule. Tickets cost $75 for a household, $150 for a VIP household, or $450 for a block party.

Register now

Ticket holders will have exclusive access to an online silent auction, which closes at 9 p.m. on Nov. 10.

Participants who share photos and videos of their home-based activities on Facebook that evening also will have a chance to win prizes.

“It’s a different kind of ‘event,’ but people seemed to really embrace the idea that they could stay home,” said HAND Executive Director Jennifer Miller. “And we couldn’t ask for a better tie-in with our mission.”

Proceeds from Stay Home for HAND support the organization’s housing-development, home-repair and community-building programs. HAND works to ensure that the suburbs remain livable, with homes that are affordable for all residents.

Since 2003, HAND has invested nearly $20 million in Hamilton County housing, developing seven affordable apartment communities. This year, HAND acquired Hickory Commons, its first development in neighboring Boone County.

Carmel Rotary volunteers to prep Home Place Gardens playground

More than a dozen volunteers from the Carmel Rotary Club are expected to spend their Saturday morning finishing up playground installation at HAND’s new Home Place Gardens affordable rental community in Carmel.

Volunteers will begin spreading playground mulch on the site at 9 a.m. Oct. 20. A crew from Recreation Unlimited in Noblesville began assembling commercial-grade play equipment there this week.

Once the necessary safety surfacing is in place, the playground will open for Home Place Gardens residents and their guests to enjoy. The play project was funded with grants from Carmel Rotary, 100+ Women Who Care of Hamilton County and Meyer Najem Construction.

Home Place Gardens is HAND’s seventh affordable rental community in Hamilton County and the first to include housing for families with children. Constructed on 2.4 acres south of 106th Street between College Avenue and the Monon Greenway, Home Place Gardens has a total of 10 rental units for seniors and families.

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.

About HAND: Founded as Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development in 2003, HAND owns 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.