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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.


Pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the City of Bloomington is required to publish a Final Statement of Community Development Objectives and Projected Use of Funds and invite citizens to examine this statement and submit comments on the proposed statements and on the community development performance of the City.

The statement is printed below. Copies of the complete document can be viewed on the City's website at www.bloomington.in.gov/hand or a copy may be obtained at the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department at 401 N. Morton Street, Suite 130. Copies are also available at the Monroe County Public Library in the Indiana Room. Any interested party who desires to comment on this proposed STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES AND PROJECTED USE OF FUNDS or on the community development performance of the City may submit their comments in writing to Lisa Abbott, Director, Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development, P.O. Box 100, Bloomington, IN 47402 on or before April 21, 2014.

Draft 2014 Annual Action Plan (PDF 928.49 KB)

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)

New Garbage and Weeds Ordinance

Click here to see the new Code governing trash and weeds.

Citizen's Advisory Council for the Community Development Block Grant seeks new members for 2013-2014

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 2013-2014 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