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  • 20 Mar 2020 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Indiana Coalition for Human Services Praises First Steps, Calls for Further Action to Protect Hoosier Families

    As a member of the Indiana Coalition for Human Services, IIWF was eager to participate in the development of a coordinated, member-driven call for a strong policy response. 

    Now more than ever, Hoosiers need to pull together and support one another. The COVID-19 pandemic and the steps needed to end its spread will undoubtedly deepen the financial challenges many households in Indiana were already experiencing, and will cast many others into crisis. Making the right policy choices in this moment is critical. We will need our state leaders and federal delegation to advocate for solutions that allow Hoosiers to meet their basic needs, stabilize their household, and rebuild toward financial well-being.

    We want to commend the Holcomb Administration for acting quickly to put many important policies in place to protect Hoosier Families. In particular, we support the decisions to:

    • Suspend all utility disconnects during the COVID-19 crises, including gas and electric, broadband, telecom, water and wastewater services.
    • Ensure Hoosier workers have access to Unemployment Insurance due to COVID-19 related job losses.
    • Suspend evictions and foreclosure proceedings, ensuring that at this critical time, Hoosiers do not lose their housing.
    • Waive premium payments for those participating in the Healthy Indiana Plan and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
    • Waive job search requirements for those applying for or receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
    • Expand the ways in which telehealth services are being offered and paid for, including for mental health services.
    • Waive licensing requirements for therapists so that Hoosiers can see out-of-state therapists without requiring that therapist to be licensed in Indiana.
    • Delay renewal processing for Medicaid and HIP recipients. 
    • Waive work requirements for able bodied adults without dependents on SNAP.
    • Make all WIC appointments by telephone and issuing three months of benefits.

    While we applaud these policy changes, we know that more policy changes at both the state and federal level will be critical if we are to keep Hoosier families safe, healthy, and financially stable. The policies outlined below are the ones that are still needed if we are to help our communities and our nation cope with and recover from this crisis.


    Hoosiers need to maintain safe, stable housing throughout the crisis. Indiana has multiple localities that, in normal circumstances, already lead the nation in terms of eviction. Loss of housing is always incredibly stressful, but in this moment it could also result in the spread of infection to shelters or other households. 

    • Veto SEA 148 to prevent making law from dangerous, unvetted language that would worsen Indiana’s affordable housing, eviction and homeless crisis.
    • For those experiencing homelessness, provide supplemental financial assistance directly to housing authorities, housing assistance providers and homelessness service organizations. Free housing counseling services should be provided as well.
    • Urge OCC and FDIC to require banks and other lenders to waive fees and work with distressed borrowers who need to skip or modify mortgage payments. 
    • Urge Congress to include emergency assistance funding to help prevent housing instability and homelessness as a result of the coronavirus outbreak to any supplemental funding bill.

    Health Care

    Access to healthcare is essential for screening and treatment. For our most vulnerable populations, such as those with pre-existing medical conditions and the elderly, it is also necessary that they have access to healthcare that keeps them as healthy and resilient as possible. Medicaid expansion has given millions of Americans access to healthcare but those who remain uninsured, those who elected for non-ACA compliant coverage, and those who have burdensome requirements for retaining their coverage need further protection.

    • Temporarily freeze CHIP redetermination compliance.
    • Increase CHIP eligibility threshold to 400% FPL ongoing to increase current access and mitigate future risks.
    • Open a nationwide Marketplace Special Enrollment Period that allows for the uninsured and those with non-ACA plans to gain access to comprehensive coverage.
    • Require insurance companies to allow for teletherapy, which is not automatically covered by the changes that were announced recently by CMS.
    • Allow teletherapy and pay for it even if it’s only by phone. Many areas of the state don’t have internet access and even in areas with service,  individuals may not have internet access.


    As families attempt to navigate schooling and working from home, caring for children who are affected by daycare and school closures, or quarantining, access to communications and internet, natural gas, electricity, and running water will be even more critical.

    • Restore access to all utilities, including communications and water, to those households currently without service.
    • Provide access, through hot spots or other means, to broadband internet service for those communities and households currently lacking access.


    Access to nutritious foods is critical to health and well-being. Certain groups will be especially vulnerable as access to school meals and other services are shut down. Policymakers should take steps to ensure that no-one goes hungry and that Hoosiers can maintain their health through nutritious food options during the pandemic and beyond.

    • Offer automatic boosts in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments through waivers for temporary, emergency CR-SNAP as well as for households with children who would otherwise receive free or reduced-price meals if not for school closures.
    • Streamline application processes and extend renewal processes for existing SNAP caseload.
    • Apply for USDA and other applicable waivers to allow continued food service to children and families affected by school closures.

    Other Expenses

    Income matters to vulnerable families and at no time is this more true than during a public health crisis that is making going to work and work activities difficult. Hoosiers will need access to alternative sources of income as they take leave without pay, see shifts cut, or lose their jobs altogether. Hard-hit businesses will need support as well.

    • Expand access to unemployment insurance to workers whose employers temporarily shut down, workers who are required to self-quarantine, parents or guardians who were forced to quit or take unpaid leave due to emergency school closures, and workers who have been forced to quit or take unpaid leave to care for loved ones affected by the virus.
    • Enact an emergency paid sick days rule to cover workers in occupations with high public contact that often lack paid sick leave, such as leisure and hospitality, food services, child care, transportation, and home health. 
    • Expand access to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families by:
      • Suspending work requirements, placing a moratorium on sanctions and terminations.
      • Considering only continuing income for eligibility and benefit amounts - we should not be taking into account lost wages as we calculate benefits and continuing eligibility.
      • Providing a one-time additional payment to all TANF families to cope with added expenses, such as additional at-home meals for children, increased utility usage, and other needs related to COVID-19.  
    • Provide direct, robust stimulus to working families, the self-employed, and small business owners. Prioritize forms of aid that will replace lost earnings, especially to those least likely to have savings, paid leave, or the ability to work from home.
    • Any stimulus to companies should be accompanied by expectations that they will keep workers employed and offer paid sick leave. 

    Civil Rights

    National emergencies like the COVID-19 outbreak often lead to increases in antisemitic, xenophobic, and racist rhetoric and violence.  Already, organizations like the Anti-defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center are seeing hateful messages, memes, and conspiracy theories proliferating online. 

    • Local law enforcement agencies, to the best of their ability, should maintain regular proactive communication with communities of color, immigrant communities, and minority faith communities.
    • Local law enforcement should continue, to the best of their ability, to maintain the reporting and tracking of bias-motivated crimes as a priority so that national law enforcement agencies know when and where support should be provided. 
    • Congress should continue to support programs and federal grant opportunities for non-profit organizations to better secure their facilities and be better prepared for emergencies and emergency management.

    Immigration/Public Charge

    It is incumbent that all individuals currently residing within the United States seek any and all medical attention that they believe they need without fear of retribution. On March 17, 2020, USCIS published guidance stating that all immigrants with symptoms that resemble COVID-19 should seek necessary medical treatment and that treatment would not negatively affect any immigrants’ future public charge determination, even if treatment that is provided is paid for by a public benefits program such as Medicaid.

    • All elected officials should publicly share information regarding the USCIS determination on public charge and encourage all immigrants to seek any necessary medical treatment they may need

    Consumer Protection

    Now more than ever, consumers are vulnerable to price gouging, predatory lending, and scams. Delayed and delinquent bills that appear on their credit reports could also cause serious and long-lasting harm to their ability to secure access to credit, jobs, housing, and insurance.

    • The Attorney General and other regulators should warn consumers about scams and predatory lending, encourage them to file complaints, and direct them to alternative resources. Create a centralized hub of resources and institutions willing to offer assistance and/or low-cost loans.
    • Freeze negative credit reporting and require loan forbearance periods with no interest or fees.
    • Stop all debt collection activities, including wage garnishments and repossessions.

    For the Future

    This pandemic has brought into sharp relief many of the existing flaws in our public policy framework. Moving forward, leaders should look to create a policy environment that supports public health & financial stability by making housing and health care more accessible, boosting the quality of U.S. jobs, and enacting and enforcing strong civil rights and consumer protections.

    We recognize that this list is by no means comprehensive, but represents some of the initial policy considerations from advocates who care about and are regularly engaged in safeguarding the physical and financial well-being of Hoosiers. We hope state officials will consider these recommendations. It is time for us to bring all available resources together and take care of each other.

    View the original blog here.

  • 18 Mar 2020 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact: Ed Loyd (MediaRelations) Edgar.Loyd@53.com | 513-534-NEWS

    Chris Doll (Investor Relations) Christopher.Doll@53.com | 513-534-2345

    Fifth Third Bank Announces Additional Hardship Relief Immediately Available for Customers Affected by the Coronavirus

    CINCINNATI – Fifth Third Bank, National Association, today provided additional detail on immediate steps it is taking to help customers impacted by the coronavirus, augmenting its prior announcement last week to include new customer-centric provisions.

    “Fifth Third’s focus on helping customers improve their lives and building stronger communities is more relevant than ever during these times of uncertainty,” said Greg D. Carmichael, Fifth Third chairman, president and CEO. “We take our role and responsibility seriously to understand and put our customers’ needs first. We are continually evaluating our programs to assist our customers. Last week, we announced several proactive measures that we are taking across our business and consumer products to help lessen the financial strain on our customers, and we are providing additional details on these programs today. Our goal is to stand with our customers to help them and our communities get back on their feet. We are here to help our customers when they need us most.”

    Fifth Third is offering the following programs for our consumer and business customers facing financial hardship related to COVID-19. To participate in the programs, customers will need to contact Fifth Third.

    • Vehicle Payment Deferral Program: We are offering a payment deferral for up to 90 days with and no late fees during the deferral period.
    • Credit Card Deferral Program: We are offering a payment deferral for up to three payments and no late fees during the deferral period.
    • Mortgage and Home Equity Program: We are offering 90-day payment forbearance with no late fees.
    • Small Business Payment Deferral Program: We are offering a payment deferral program for up to 90 days, no late fees and a range of loan modification options. We are waiving all fees on our Fifth Third Fast Capital loans for 6 months.
    • Fee Waiver Program: We are offering to waive fees for up to 90 days for a range of consumer and small business deposit products and services.
    • We are suspending initiating any new repossession actions on vehicles for the next 60 days.
    • We are suspending all foreclosure activity on homes for the next 60 days.

    Fifth Third recommends that customers continue to leverage all of the digital banking tools and resources for self-service banking and account access through mobile, online and voice banking services, as well as the Bank’s network of approximately 53,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States.

    Fifth Third is prepared to assist customers with their questions or concerns and has a dedicated support page available at 53.com as the first point of contact for all customers. Representatives are available at 800-972-3030 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Saturdays. For Business Banking service, please call 877-534-2264 or email bbgsupport@53.com. Due to high demand, call wait times may be longer than normal and Fifth Third thanks customers for their patience as we navigate this situation together.

    About Fifth Third

    Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a federally chartered institution. As of December 31, 2019, Fifth Third had $169 billion in assets and operated 1,149 full-service banking centers and 2,481 ATMs with Fifth Third branding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 53,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2019, had $413 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $49 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses.

    Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Deposit and Credit products are offered by Fifth Third Bank, National Association. Member FDIC.

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  • 28 Feb 2020 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Central Indiana Community Foundation is currently seeking a Communications Manager, Donor Engagement Officer, Not-for-Profit Sustainability Officer, and Opportunity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator. Positions will remain open until they are filled.

    CICF employees are encouraged to be self-directed, motivated, and creative. The work environment is fluid, as the organization is designed to respond to current and emerging community needs. It is their policy to seek and retain employees of the highest possible quality, and new employees are hired based on ability, education, experience, personal integrity, potential ability and other standards as required.

    Opportunity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator- This full-time position requires superior organizational and workload prioritizing skills as well as project management and outstanding customer service skills. This person is responsible for managing calendars and logistics as well as serving as liaison for the Community Ambassador program, OEI Advisory Council and the internal racial equity committee.  This position requires a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, meet designated deadlines and interact effectively with a variety of people.

    Not-for-Profit Sustainability Officer- This full-time position will work with the donor engagement team to provide exceptional customer service and with development staff to grow assets, respond to requests for proposals and make sales presentations to organizations.  This position requires strong knowledge of the not-for-profit community, excellent organizational, analytical and evaluation skills as well as outstanding customer service skills.

    Communications Manager- This full-time position will work with staff to identify, research, write and produce stories, press releases, articles and copy for the Foundation.  This person will manage the project production schedule and provide strategy and design support. This position requires a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, excellent organizational and workload prioritizing skills.

    Donor Engagement Officer- This full-time position will represent the Foundation with a portfolio of high-value, highly engaged donors – cultivating donor engagement and co-investment in our mission and community leadership priorities and providing world class service to our donors and advisors.  This position requires outstanding communication and relationship building skills, superior customer service skills and excellent collaboration skills. Professional presence and the ability to interact effectively with a variety of people is essential.

  • 24 Feb 2020 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    INDIANAPOLIS – On February 18, Prosperity Indiana announced the winners of its annual leadership and program awards at its 2020 Summit. The Prosperity Indiana Summit was an occasion to celebrate the leaders and innovators in the community economic development field. The 2020 winners came from a pool of committed community leaders and innovative programs across Indiana. Winners were nominated by their peers and chosen by a judging committee, based on criteria established for each award.

    Prosperity Indiana Executive Director Jessica Love said, “Each year, we’re honored to recognize the amazing work of our members and partners across the state. In their own, innovative ways, each recipient has made a significant impact on the quality of life for the people and places they serve. We know they often do this work without much recognition. So, we’re pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2020 Prosperity Indiana awards.”

    Award winners include: Food Prescription for Better Health; Albert Brownlee, Genesis Outreach, Inc.; Michelle Pitcher, Pace Community Action Agency, Inc.; and Bruce Baird, Renew Indianapolis.

    Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award - Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank

    Presented to Bruce Baird, Renew Indianapolis

    This Leadership Award, jointly presented by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, honors an individual who has exhibited exceptional advocacy to further support the community economic development field.

    Bruce Baird has committed over 28 years to community economic development service. He has served in a variety of community development leadership positions, including roles at Eastside Community Investments, Mayor Bart Peterson’s administration, Insight Development Corporation, and Renew Indianapolis. Not only does Baird work in these neighborhoods, he lives in them. His work and leadership has brought significant change and made a positive impact on the City of Indianapolis. 

    Other Leadership Award nominees:

    • Wendy Dant Chesser, One Southern Indiana

    John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award - Sponsored by First Financial Bank

    Presented to Michelle Pitcher, Pace Community Action Agency, Inc.

    The Rural Development Leadership Award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in improving the quality of life, influencing policies, and fostering opportunities for growth and development for the betterment of rural Indiana.

    Michelle Pitcher serves as the Clinical Services Director for Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. and has continuously worked to improve her community, her organization, and herself. She has expanded the reach of Pace’s health clinics to three additional counties, created partnerships to provide health insurance navigator services in five counties, obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner license and is currently working on a doctorate degree. Her work has helped thousands of rural Hoosiers improve their health outcomes.

    Other Rural Development Leadership Award nominees:

    • Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry

    Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award - Sponsored by Brightpoint

    Presented to Albert Brownlee, Genesis Outreach, Inc.

    The Staff Member of the Year Award honors an extraordinary individual who contributes to his or her organization and to the community economic development field as a whole. This person shows leadership, personal initiative, and is a public servant.

    Albert Brownlee is a distinguished community servant-leader with 20 years of service to Genesis Outreach, Inc. In that time, Albert helped to change the landscape of northeast Indiana and the city of Fort Wayne through his work creating multiple new housing and community development opportunities throughout the region.

    Other Staff Member of the Year Award nominees:

    • Joe Bowling, Englewood Community Development Corporation
    • Albert Brownlee, Genesis Outreach, Inc.
    • Willie Dearing, South Bend Mutual Homes Cooperative
    • Bob Goodrum, Wellspring
    • Jennifer Layton, LTHC Homeless Services
    • Wallace McLaughlin, Fathers and Families Center
    • Natalie Powell, Hoosier Uplands
    • Evan Tester, King Park Development Corporation/Renew Indianapolis
    • Mark Wuellner, Indiana Bond Bank

    Key Award for Program of the Year - Sponsored by Merchants Bank of Indiana

    Presented to Food Prescription for Better Health

    The Program of the Year Award honors excellence and innovation in a service-oriented community development initiative. This award recognizes a unique program model that leads in the area of service provision and/or volunteerism.

    The Food Prescription for Better Health program partnership included the Wabash Valley Health Center, Indiana State University, Purdue Extension, and United Way of the Wabash Valley. This collaborative effort aimed to increase healthy food consumption and improve health outcomes by increasing access to fruits and vegetables in combination with healthy living education sessions and cooking demonstrations.

    Other Key Award nominees:

    • Crooked Creek Food Pantry
    • Indianapolis Community Building Initiative
    • Stability Builders Network
    • Strong Fathers Program
    • Trusted Mentors


    About Indiana Association for Community Economic Development D/B/A Prosperity Indiana

    Prosperity Indiana is a statewide membership organization for the individuals and organizations strengthening Hoosier communities. Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to approximately 200 members from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

  • 17 Dec 2019 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    Each year, Prosperity Indiana celebrates dedicated individuals and innovative programs that have improved the quality of life in Indiana communities. We would like to congratulate the following individuals and programs which have been nominated for one of our four signature awards by peers in the community economic development field. Winners will be selected by a committee of distinguished leaders in the field and will be honored during the Awards Luncheon at the Prosperity Indiana Summit on February 18, 2020. 

    Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award

    Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank

    This award recognizes an individual who has exhibited exceptional advocacy to further support the community economic development industry. Winners are selected based on their contributions to the affordable housing and community economic development field, their exceptional advocacy work, and the impact of their leadership. 

    • Bruce Baird, Renew Indianapolis
    • Wendy Dant Chesser, One Southern Indiana

    John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award

    Sponsored by First Financial Bank

    The Rural Development Leadership Award is designed to recognize outstanding leaders in the field of rural community economic development.

    • Michelle Pitcher, Pace Community Action Agency, Inc
    • Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry

     Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award

    Sponsored by Brightpoint

    This award recognizes outstanding professional leadership and commitment of a staff person working for a housing or community economic development organization. 

    • Willie Dearing, South Bend Mutual Homes Cooperative
    • Wallace McLaughlin, Fathers and Families Center
    • Natalie Powell, Hoosier Uplands
    • Evan Tester, King Park Development Corporation/Renew Indianapolis
    • Albert Brownlee, Genesis Outreach, Inc.
    • Joe Bowling,Englewood Community Development Corporation 
    • Mark Wuellner, Indiana Bond Bank
    • Jennifer Layton, LTHC Homeless Services
    • Bob Goodrum, Wellspring

    Key Award for Supportive Services Program of the Year

    Sponsored by Merchants Bank of Indiana

    The Key Award honors excellence and innovation in a service-oriented community development initiative. Winners are selected based on the program's creativity, evidence of cooperation, and impact on the community. 

    • Indianapolis Community Building Initiative, Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
    • Stability Builders Network, Family Promise of Hendricks County
    • Strong Fathers Program, Fathers and Families Center
    • Crooked Creek Food Pantry at Eskenazi Health Center Pecar, Eskenazi Health
    • Trusted Mentors
    • Food Prescription for Better Health

  • 15 Oct 2019 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    INDIANAPOLIS (October 15, 2019) – Prosperity Indiana is pleased to announce two awards totaling $50,000 from The Indianapolis Foundation to support the Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) Indiana Campaign. A $15,000 grant was awarded by The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate. Another $35,000 grant is being supported through the Family Stabilization Investment Plan of The Indianapolis Foundation.

    In advance of these awards, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) announced in July 2019 its endorsement of Prosperity Indiana as its official OSAH state campaign for Indiana. Through the OSAH – Indiana Campaign, Prosperity Indiana will seek to engage and unite non-housing groups alongside the housing sector to highlight the importance of adequate, affordable housing in strong neighborhoods, with a focus on expanding investment in and access to affordable housing, and spark systems change in furtherance of equitable affordable housing. The campaign will initially focus on civil rights, economic mobility and health, which are part of the NLIHC’s OSAH recognized sectors.

    The goal of the Indiana OSAH campaign is to achieve increases in affordable housing through existing and new housing infrastructure; direct support to organizations supporting those who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness; and voucher supports that fund deeply targeted housing assistance for extremely low-income (ELI) households. This includes vulnerable populations, such as youth, seniors and those with disabilities. The coalition will also seek to implement policy change to reduce federal and state barriers to housing stability.

    “We are thrilled about our new role as the Indiana coalition lead for the national Opportunity Starts at Home campaign,” said Jessica Love, Executive Director of Prosperity Indiana. “With CICF’s generous support, we’ll be launching this initiative to pull together multi-sector partners to move the needle on the availability of decent, affordable housing for the state. We can accomplish this by securing the additional resources needed to see real impact in interconnected health, education, economic mobility, racial equity and housing outcomes.”

    Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has used its broad membership base to help Hoosiers meet their basic needs, preserve and expand affordable housing, and connect individuals and families to education, employment, and economic opportunity. The organization has become the premier convener and advocacy voice in Indiana’s community development landscape and has established its presence as an authority on housing and community development policy.


    About Prosperity Indiana

    The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to nearly 200 members from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    About the Central Indiana Community Foundation
    Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a catalyst for progress, and a supporter of visionary ideas with the power to improve our community and the lives of its residents. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Hamilton County Community Foundation, serving Hamilton County since 1991.

    About the National Low Income Housing Coalition

    Founded in 1974, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone. NLIHC’s goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low income housing policy.

  • 11 Oct 2019 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    INDIANAPOLIS (October 11, 2019) – Prosperity Indiana is pleased to announce an award of $100,000 from the Fifth Third Foundation for the Community Development Capacity Building Initiative. The Initiative will provide organizational capacity development support and training to Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Action Agencies (CAAs), and other organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors across Indiana.

    “We are proud to partner and support Prosperity Indiana with this Strengthening Our Communities Grant. This is a great example of Fifth Third’s commitment to create impact in our communities through inclusive lending, investments and services,” said Jadira Hoptry, Vice President of Community and Economic Development.

    The goal of Prosperity Indiana’s capacity building initiative is to create, enhance and develop nonprofit capacity that expands the scale, reach, efficiency and effectiveness of the organizations’ housing activities. Approximately half of the granted amount will support the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA) Moving Forward 2020 initiative. Moving Forward challenges affordable housing developers to utilize a systems approach to address multiple issues impacting residents and communities. This grant will underwrite the costs of this mandatory workshop for program participants. The balance will go toward workshops, trainings, and webinars focused on compliance, organizational development, professional certification, and leadership. Trainings and technical assistance will be offered beginning in 2020. 

    “Fifth Third has become a vital partner in the work of Prosperity Indiana and our members in their footprint. This award is yet another example of how we are able to do more to strengthen our communities when in concert with other organizations that are genuinely working to make a difference in the Hoosier state,” said Jessica Love, Executive Director of Prosperity Indiana. “We look forward to supporting Fifth Third’s goal of building the capacity of our critical community development infrastructure across the state.”

    Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has helped Hoosiers meet their basic needs, preserve and expand affordable housing, and connect individuals and families to education, employment, and economic opportunity by partnering with a broad membership base. The organization has become the premier convener and advocacy voice in Indiana’s community development landscape, and has established its presence as an authority on housing and community development policy.


    About Prosperity Indiana

    The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to more than 150 members from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    About the Fifth Third Foundation

    Founded in 1948, the Fifth Third Foundation was one of the first corporate philanthropic foundations established by a financial institution. In 2018, the Foundation awarded $12.1 million in grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, civic and community, and health and human services.

  • 27 Sep 2019 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    IFF improves the world by strengthening nonprofits and the communities they serve. As a mission-driven leader, real estate consultant, and developer, IFF helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and persons with disabilities.

    The Director of Lending provides leadership and management of all regional lending activities. The significant focus of the Director will be Indianapolis, but the region includes the state of Indiana, and Louisville, KY. The Director will provide input for and execute regional business development and sales activities derived from IFF's regional marketing strategy. He/She is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and closing loans to target market borrowers and maintaining relationships with key borrowers. The Director assists the Managing Director of Lending to develop and maintain visibility and relationships with nonprofits and relevant government, association networks, and others to promote IFF.

    Click here for the full position description and application instructions

  • 16 Sep 2019 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Image result for center for neighborhoods louisvilleThe Center For Neighborhoods (CFN) is seeking a motivated, skilled Executive Director with experience in nonprofit administration, organizational development, and grassroots community planning and development. The Executive Director oversees the day-to-day operation of the organization working to fulfill and expand the CFN mission; directs the programs and initiatives of the organization including the core areas of Community Engagement, Education and Training, and Planning and Design; as well as manages all administrative functions including Fund Development, Donor Relations, and Human Relations. An important aspect of the position will be to implement the newly adopted three-year strategic plan, including developing and initiating new strategic work in support of grassroots community development in Louisville. 

    For over 45 years, CFN has supported and empowered neighborhoods to create stronger and more vibrant communities using an asset based community development philosophy. We work in relationship driven neighborhood engagement, leadership development education, and community based planning and design, along with a focus on community development, creating a sense of place, and improving the built environment. CFN envisions a Louisville community of unique neighborhoods led by engaged neighbors creating places that provide a high quality of life and equitable access to opportunity for all people. 

    Click here for more information on the position and how to apply. 

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