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Showing posts from March 13, 2022

Input needed on DHS’ proposed “Public Charge” rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comments on a  proposed rule  that would define the criteria used to determine whether a person likely to become a “public charge,” or primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, for purposes of determining eligibility for a visa and/or legal residency. The  proposed rule  contains several provisions that directly affect people with disabilities.  Comments may be submitted  until April 25, 2022. This Administration for Community Living (ACL)  blog post from March 7  provides information and background.

IHCDA now accepting applications for the Indiana Homeowner Assistance Fund

  The Indiana Homeowner Assistance Fund is available for homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic  INDIANAPOLIS  (March 15, 2022)  –  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch  and the  Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority  (IHCDA) today announced the state’s mortgage assistance program, the Indiana Homeowner Assistance Fund (IHAF). The portal is accepting applications for mortgage assistance for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the U.S. Department of Treasury awarded Indiana with $167,921,663 to be used for assistance with the mortgage payments, property taxes, homeowners insurance and homeowner/condominium fees of eligible Hoosiers. “The Indiana Homeowner Assistance Fund (IHAF) is designed to promote housing stability and prevent foreclosures across the Hoosier state,” Crouch said. “We are pleased to work with our network of program partners and participating lenders to provide this assistan


  The City of Fishers is inviting you to join the Smart911 application. Starting April 1, 2022, Fishers public safety dispatch will begin utilizing the Smart911 emergency management system. The free, Smart911 application is used nationwide to provide first responders across the country, regardless of your physical location, your health and emergency details to better assist during a crisis. This system allows users to include additional information such as vehicle descriptions, medications, medical emergency contacts and proxies, home floor plans, and pet information. Smart911 is encrypted and secure and all personal information can only be accessed by first responders when an emergency event has been triggered with a call for assistance by the application user. Users may input as much or as little information into the system as they wish to provide.  Additionally, when registering with Smart911, you may also sign up for RAVE smart notifications to receive important emergency communica

Building Bridges: Supporting families and self-advocates through engagement

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services is excited to announce that we are resuming our in-person Building Bridges events! Building Bridges events are opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families to meet and speak with the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services staff. These events will allow for individuals and families to ask questions and share their feedback as well as discuss any other concerns or successes with bureau services. These meetings are solely for families and individuals with disabilities to provide a forum for constructive and valuable conversations on successes and concerns, as well as providing suggestions or input for positive change. It is the desire of BDDS that these meetings will allow for meaningful conversations that result in positive outcomes and stronger relationships. We hope you will consider joining us! All meetings will be from 6 – 8 p.m. local time. Following are the dates, times, and locations for the next meetin

Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance Update

Did you know that the Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides payments for both past-due and forward-facing rent? Forward-facing payments are calculated in 3-month increments. After an initial payment is made by the IERA program, the applicant may request additional forward-facing rent through a process called recertification. Recertification is not the same as reapplying – it’s so much easier! Tenants who have already received one payment from IERA but less than 18 months of assistance will receive an email notification to recertify around the 15 th  of the month before their next rental payment is due. Households that have received their initial assistance payment but need additional rental assistance should monitor their email for a prompt to complete their electronic recertification. Households needing further assistance should log in and complete the form as quickly as possible. If a household has a new lease, they will need to provide a copy of their current lease. H

New ABLE Decision Guide: Selecting and Opening an ABLE Account

The ABLE NRC's ABLE Decision Guide Series is an interactive series of step-by-step guides on specific ABLE topics.  Our newest ABLE Decision Guide is now available:  Selecting and Opening an ABLE Account This guide covers the following three action steps: 1) Choosing an ABLE account, 2) Learning who can open an ABLE account and 3) Details about completing the ABLE plan application. Learn more & view the decision guide .

Important information about pandemic-related emergency SNAP benefits

In March 2020, the U.S. government allowed the state of Indiana to issue “emergency allotments” to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households during the COVID-19 pandemic. This allowed SNAP families to receive the maximum benefit allowed based on the number of people in the household. For many Hoosiers, this meant they received more SNAP benefits than they would have under non-emergency conditions. Due to the end of the state public health emergency on March 3, 2022, and a recent change in Indiana law, the last month that Hoosiers will receive emergency enhanced SNAP benefits is May 2022. Beginning in June 2022, the SNAP benefit amount a household receives will again, as it was before the pandemic, be based on eligibility factors – household size, income and allowable deductions. Click here for more information on how the benefit amount changes during and after the pandemic. For more information on the SNAP program, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit  http

Talking About War with Our Kids

  From IYI Our kids are paying attention to the stories of children and families fleeing Ukraine. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that half a million children – the equivalent of almost one out of every three children in Indiana – were displaced from their homes in the conflict’s first seven days. As of Saturday, March 5, the United Nations Refugee Agency reported that more than 1.3 million Ukrainians had escaped to neighboring countries. What we are witnessing is one of the fastest-moving refugee crises since the end of the second World War.  As our children learn about the tragedies facing Ukrainian children, how should we be talking to them about what’s happening now and about prior wars? Should we shield our children from the escalating tensions and its human impact? Should we engage them in discussions? What is the right time and approach? How we engage with our kids about global conflicts is important not only in these heated times but also in shaping their understanding

Behavior Management Resources

Daily life with kids can be difficult even for the most seasoned of parents.  Children with neurological conditions may have more challenging behaviors that require grace and quick thinking.   CNF  has resources to support every family. Learn More