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HAND welcomes new property management firm

HAND Inc. is thrilled to welcome Herron Property Management as its new property management partner effective April 1, 2023.

Indianapolis-based Herron will handle day-to-day leasing operations and ongoing maintenance for HAND’s 142 rental units in Hamilton, Boone, and Tipton counties.

Herron’s team has more than 30 years of experience managing affordable and market-rate housing, along with commercial and mixed-use properties. HAND was impressed with its commitment to residents: a dedicated Resident Services department plans activities and identifies services for tenants.

Herron also will modernize leasing and maintenance procedures, utilizing technology to manage applications, payments, and resident work orders.

For information about renting an apartment, please contact the leasing office at 317-758-8108.

Save the date: HAND housing conference set for May 3

HAND’s 2023 Suburban Housing Conference is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville.

Registration will open March 15.

Sponsorships are still available for the event. Click here to see a menu of options, and contact Andrea Davis for more information.

Stay tuned for more details!

2022 HAND Suburban Housing Conference attendees
HAND’s 2022 Suburban Housing Conference drew hundreds of attendees.

Hamilton County’s housing voucher wait list open 8/31-9/9

When: The open enrollment period for the Noblesville Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher wait list will be from 9 a.m. Aug. 31, 2022 until 4 p.m. Sept. 9, 2022. This wait list is not created on a first-come, first-served basis. All pre-applicants will be sorted by preference and then by lottery.

How: Pre-applications will be accepted online only. Only one pre-application per household will be accepted. Duplicate applications will be rejected. Paper pre-applications will not be available and applicants will not be able to apply in person, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Housing Authority at (317)773-5110 ext. 4 or no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 5.

Where: Pre-applications can only be submitted ONLINE to with the use of any computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet with internet access.

Information needed: Before you begin the online application, gather the following for all household members:
• Names
• Birthdates
• Social Security numbers
• Income amounts and sources
• Emergency/Alternative contact information (optional)

An email address will be required. If you don’t have one already, the application process will allow you to create a free Google Gmail address. Your application ID will be emailed to you soon after you complete your pre-application online.

Language assistance: If you need assistance in another language, Google Translate will assist you during the application process.

Income Limits: HUD requires all HCV participants to meet income requirements when they begin participation in the program. At least 75% of new admissions must be Extremely Low Income (ELI). The table below indicates the current ELI income limits and maximum income limits by household size:

Preference and Lottery Selection Process: Placement on the Waiting List will be based on local jurisdiction preferences and will be selected and ordered using a random lottery system. Preference is given to extremely low-income households, elderly, disabled, veteran households, those who live or work in Hamilton County, or those who live or work in the counties adjacent to Hamilton County (Boone, Clinton, Hancock, Madison, Marion and Tipton). Families with children are encouraged to apply. There is not an advantage to applying early, as the selection is through a lottery process.

Checking application status: After the pre-applications are sorted by preference, the online system will randomly select 200 of the pre-applications using preference points and a lottery system. To check the status, applicants can go to either OR with the username and password they created when they completed their pre-application. The selection will be made and application statuses will be posted by Sept. 27. ACTIVE means the application is on the wait list, and INACTIVE means the application was not selected. Applicants that are not selected will need to reapply when the list reopens.

Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on any Waiting List or an offer of a Housing Choice Voucher. If there are any questions, please call 317-773-5110 or email

Tipton senior rentals ready for residents

Tipton Mayor Tom Dolezal cut the ribbon at HAND’s newest rental property on May 24, signifying the end of construction at Southwood Villas. Work on the five two-bedroom, one-bath homes began last fall.

Sign: There's no place like home

The development, located on Southwood Drive just east of the Tipton High School football field, made use of five vacant residential lots on a cul-de-sac.

All residents must be 55 or older and earn less than 60 percent of the area median income for Tipton County. South Bend-based Bradley Co. is processing applications; residents should be able to move in this month.

Funding for the $1.6 million project was provided by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Lake City Bank.

The project has been in the works since 2019, when IHCDA awarded HAND $2 million to build nine units on the site. The scope of the project was later reduced after neighbors objected and a judge ruled that the planned duplexes could not straddle plat lines.

About 30 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at Southwood Villas.

The development team included Meyer Najem Construction LLC, Weihe Engineers, and Brenner Design Inc.

Many thanks to Chrissy and Rick Ramsey of RC Fine Portraits for the photos below:

The five units at Southwood Villas each have two bedrooms and one bathroom.
The kitchen and living area have vaulted ceilings
Bedrooms have ceiling fans and lots of natural light.
All appliances are included, including a washer and dryer.
All units have a patio in addition to a front porch.