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The Housing and Neighborhood Development Department enhances the quality of life for Bloomington residents by developing programs, services, and partnerships to preserve community character, promote affordable housing and encourage neighborhood vitality. Services include code enforcement, inspection of rental housing, affordable housing, neighborhood services, and historic preservation.
On any one day you may find a HAND employee rolling up his sleeves to help with a neighborhood clean up or sitting in an office advising a prospective homeowner.


Contact us if you are interested in buying a home, wish to report a code complaint, are starting a neighborhood association, have a question about an historic structure, or need information about your community. HAND employees are here to help you.


October 3, 2016

Request for Proposals for Resurvey of Historic Structures

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department is requesting proposals from qualified firms, professionals, or consultants to provide architectural resources and services to resurvey historic structures located in the City of Bloomington, Indiana. The information and inventory created from this proposal will be utilized as a working document by government agencies, local organizations, and private citizens as the basis for a wide variety of projects.

Sealed proposals shall be submitted to the attention of the City of Bloomington HAND Department to the mailing address shown below. Submittals must include three (3) copies printed front and back on recycled paper and one (1) electronic PDF copy on a flash drive. All submittals shall be clearly marked "Resurvey of Historic Structures". Submittals will be due to the address listed below on or before November 10, 2016. No emailed or facsimile offers will be accepted.

Housing and Neighborhood Development Department

Attn: Bethany Emenhiser, Program Manager

401 N. Morton St., Ste. 130

Bloomington, IN 47404

Questions regarding the RFP must be submitted via email to Bethany Emenhiser, Program Manager, at emenhisb@bloomington.in.gov. Submissions shall include "Resurvey of Historic Structures RFP" in the subject line. The City assumes no liability for assuring accurate/complete/on time e-mail transmission and receipt. Inquiries must be submitted via email no later than October 24, 05:00 p.m. local time, 2016.

RFP- City of Bloomington HAND Resurvey of Historic Structures (PDF 616.62 KB)


Aug. 29, 2016

City of Bloomington Accepting Applications for 201[7 Community Development Block Grants

Applications for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds are now available through the City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department.

The City receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Local CDBG funded programs are divided into two categories: physical improvements and social services. All activities must principally benefit persons of low and moderate income or eliminate slum or blighted areas.

Organizations interested in submitting proposals for Community Development funding must first submit a "Letter of Intent" to the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department by 4:00 p.m. on October 14, 2016 in order to be considered for funding.

An Informational Meeting for potential applicants, who would like to learn more about this process, will be held on Thursday September 8, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Hooker Room of Showers City Hall at 401 N Morton Street. Questions or comments should be directed to Bob Woolford for physical improvement applications or Dan Niederman for social service funding at the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, phone 812-349-3401.