How We Build Up Our Community
HOW is a Community Housing & Development Organization (CHDO), meaning we can access federal funds for housing activities through the State of Indiana. HOW housing activities are reviewed annually by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) so that we can maintain our status as a CHDO.
In 1997, HOW began applying for funding for our owner-occupied rehabilitation programs with support from the local community. Places such as Warsaw, Winona Lake, Pierceton, Claypool, Mentone, Syracuse and Kosciusko County provided match dollars so that we could apply for these grants. This enabled low-to-moderate income homeowners to come to HOW for home repairs through these OOR grants.
HOW writes rehab specifications for the program and contracts local contractors to perform the work. Every dollar spent through our programs assists a family in the community and goes back into our local economy, giving steady work to local contractors and their sub-contractors. To date, HOW has administered roughly $6.3 million in OOR and Housing Preservation grants.