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Phase Three of Spicewood Gardens Breaks Ground

Current residents from Spicewood Gardens in Sheridan kicked off construction of phase three of Spicewood Gardens developed by HAND.  When construction is done, phase three will provide eight additional units similar to the existing 52 units in Sheridan.  HAND (Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development) provides quality affordable housing to low income residents.

“The current residents are really excited about us offering more units. What makes this property special is the sense of community that has grown from these residents,” says Lichti.   The residents plan pot-luck dinners, euchre tournaments and other events. According to Beverly Frederick a Spicewood resident, “We are a family, we take care of each other.”

“Our wait list for phase one and two has approximately 180 people on it.  Some have been on the wait list since October 2009.  The need for affordable senior housing is great.” reported Nate Lichti, Executive Director of HAND.

HAND’s mission is to invest in neighborhoods, build partnerships and provide housing solutions to improve lives and build community in Hamilton County. HAND does this by providing affordable housing options through the development of rental properties, assisting low income homeowners with repairs, and partnering with neighborhood groups on beautification and improvement projects.

This project is possible due to support from various local and state organizations as well as private donors.  HAND received support through competitive grants awarded late last year by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis.  The Hamilton County Commissioners allocated federal Community Development Block Grant funds to fill the final remaining gap and Lake City Bank is financing construction.

HAND has another project that is currently underway as well.  They have started the rehabilitation of a property on 8th Street in Noblesville and will convert a previously vacant building to six units.  “This continues the collaborative efforts to revitalize the 8th corridor in Noblesville and support the local neighborhoods,” says Nate Lichti


Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about getting good deals, but on #GivingTuesday.  youare able to give for a good cause.  This national initiative encourages the public to give of their time and resources to a local charity in their community.


With your help we can do so much more! Please consider donating to HAND on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. If you don’t want to wait, you can donate today by clicking on the PayPal icon in the upper right hand corner of this page.

#GivingTuesday is also about sharing your “unselfish” side, so we want you to show us your #Unselfie.  Once you make a donation to HAND, send us a photo with a note of why you support HAND and we will post it to our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Home Repair Gets Critical Support

HAND’s Home Repair Initiative Gets Critical Support! 

HAND received a commitment from the for $350,000 to help seniors and low-income homeowners in Sheridan, Cicero, Arcadia and Atlanta. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) awarded HAND CDBG funds specifically targeted to these communities.

The investments will assist seniors with home accessibility modifications, provide necessary weatherization and exterior improvements for eligible families. “These projects tend to have an impact on the whole community as the upkeep and improvement in one home is really an investment in the neighborhood,” explains Nate Lichti, Executive Director of HAND.

HAND’s Board of Directors announced its intention of starting the Home Repair program after conducting a comprehensive needs assessment in 2013. Every community in Hamilton County expressed a need and a desire to assist homeowners with repairs, especially in anticipation of the growing demand from seniors for modifications to make their homes accessible. Another grant, also announced this week, from the Central Indiana Senior Fund, a CICF Fund, will be used to assist 15 Seniors with home modifications.

The home repair program – Helping HAND – already has 25 applicants from throughout Hamilton County and many budding partnerships to help stretch and expand the program’s impact. “There are so many potential community partners interested in supporting this initiative, the generosity and support in Hamilton County is terrific,” reports Lichti.

Notably, Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County is engaging volunteers in the revitalization of neighborhoods, and the City of Noblesville has convened several meetings with organizations and churches also doing this work. HAND hopes to complement these efforts by providing capital to help purchase materials for volunteer driven projects.

Helping HAND received early support from the Legacy Fund Community Foundation, a CICF Affiliate, the Sheridan Fund, a fund of Legacy Fund, and Lake City Bank, each contributed up-front support that enabled HAND to compete at the state for the funds. “It’s really an example of ways we can leverage local investment,” explained Lichti.

Earlier in the year, the County Commissioners pledged county-administered CDBG funds to complete repairs in Noblesville, Fishers, Westfield and Carmel. These funds have not been completely allocated because HAND really needed the state funding to make the program viable.

HAND expects to manage approximately 20 home repairs a year when the program really gets running, and they will continue to develop partnerships to enhance and improve its impact.