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In our department you will find assistance for buying a home, organizing a neighborhood association, preserving historic property, resolving concerns about housing code violations or rental grievances, and much more. Click here to read a message from the director of the HAND department, Lisa Abbott.

This department is located in Ste 130 of City Hall.

Public Notice for the 2014 Annual Action Plan (PDF 237.48 KB)

City Seeking Input on Evaluating Community Needs and Resources Through Focus Groups and Survey

The current Consolidated Plan is expiring and HAND is evaluating Bloomington's community needs and resources to develop the next plan. HAND will seek public participation and input to assist in developing the next plan by facilitating five topic-guided focus groups. Various local organizations will act as host sites for the focus group meetings as follows:

· Community Development - Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., First Christian Church Gathering Space, 205 E. Kirkwood Ave.

· Affordable Housing - Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., Banneker Community Center, 2nd Floor, 930 W. Seventh St.

· Homelessness - Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., Monroe County Public Library Auditorium, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave.

· Economic Development - Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., Community Kitchen, 1515 S. Rogers St.

· Social Services - Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., Bloomington Housing Authority Community Room, 1007 N. Summit St.

Public input is crucial in determining the priorities for the next five years and your response to this survey is greatly appreciated. The deadline for completing the survey is Nov. 14.

The survey can be completed online at Survey Monkey by using the following link:


Applications for the 2015 Program Year's Community Development Block Grant funds are now available to agencies from the 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 administered by the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department are divided into four categories: Housing Assistance Programs, Site Improvement Projects in low income neighborhoods, Public Service Programs and Planning and Engineering Activities. Examples of activities undertaken by the City with CDBG funds include Rockport Road Reconstruction and funding of social service agencies. All activities must principally benefit low and moderate income people or eliminate slums and blighting conditions.

Organizations interested in submitting proposals for Community Development funding to must first submit a "Letter of Intent" to the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department by October 3, 2014. See http://bloomington.in.gov/cdbgapp for more details.

Welcome to Bloomington!

Bloomington receives thousands of new neighbors each August and the HAND Department would like to welcome them all. Follow the link to our welcome page above for a goldmine of information about the City, and of living in any of Bloomington's vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own spirit. Welcome to your home!

New Title XVI: Residential Rental Unit and Lodging Establishment Inspection Program

Here is a link to the new Title XVI Code:

Residential Rental Unit and Lodging Establishment Inspection Program

New Title VIII: Historic Preservation and Protection

Here is a link to the 2013 revision of the historic preservation code: Title 8 Final Revision (PDF 94.09 KB)

Citizen's Advisory Council for the Community Development Block Grant seeks new members for 2015-2016

The City of Bloomington is an entitlement community that receives an annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from HUD (an entitlement community is a city or urban community with a population of 50,000 or more which, because of its size, receives CDBG grant funds directly from HUD). CDBG funds are allocated annually by the Citizen Advisory Council

The Citizen's Advisory Council for the Community Development Block Grant is inviting citizens to serve on the Council for the 2015-2016 grant allocation process. Appointees to the Council attend 5 meetings between November and January. The committee reviews the applications for CDBG funds and recommends CDBG fund distribution to the Redevelopment Commission, the Mayor and the City Council.
To apply go to www.bloomington.in.gov/apply or pick up an application in the Office of the City Clerk at 401 N Morton Street (Showers City Hall) Suite 110.

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Boards and Commissions in HAND

Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission

Bloomington Redevelopment Commission

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association

Board of Housing Quality Appeals

Housing Trust Fund Board of Directors