HAND receives grant from local women’s fund

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A Noblesville organization is benefitting from the philanthropic efforts of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.

The organization, a subsidiary of the Central Indiana Community Fund, recently awarded $20,000 to Hamilton Area Neighborhood Development, a Noblesville-based nonprofit that works to improve and provide affordable housing.

The intended use of the $20,000, however, is more focused than the variety of work HAND does. The money must be used specifically for critical repairs on homes owned by women with low or moderate incomes in Hamilton County.

Andrea Davis, interim executive director of HAND, said the money will be used by the Hamilton County Home Repair Partnership, a group that includes HAND, Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis.

“Most of the grant money pays for construction supplies and labor, but the impact of these grants on our mission is huge,” Davis said. “They are helping HAND and its partners preserve some of the naturally occurring affordable housing in Hamilton County, which in turn allows low- and moderate-income homeowners to keep living safely in their existing homes, (which is) probably their most affordable option.”

Davis said according to The Center for Neighborhood Technology, approximately 61 percent of Hamilton County households spend more than the recommended 30 percent of income on housing.

“When that happens, families don’t have as much to spend on food, health care and education, to say nothing of saving for home repairs and maintenance,” she said. “The Women’s Fund grant will help female heads of household make crucial repairs and modifications that otherwise might force them to move, things like new roofs or HVAC systems.”

The WFCI awarded an additional 13 grants, rounding the total amount to $241,500. Other beneficiaries include Girls Inc. of Indianapolis; Girl Scouts of Central Indiana; MLK Center; the Domestic Violence Network; the Center for Victim and Human Rights; Coburn Place Safe Haven; Dove Recovery House for Women; Edna Martin Christian Center; Fletcher Place Community Center; Girls Inc. of Shelbyville; Girls on the Run Central Indiana; Seeds of Hope; and Turning Point.

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