Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter

November/December 2019






Institute announces 2020 legislative priorities

IN-CAA and the Institute thank Governor Holcomb for prioritizing protections for pregnant workers

Indiana receives a D in national debt-collection protection

Pace, Brightpoint, TRI-CAP announce grants



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Institute announces 2020 legislative priorities

The Indiana Institute for Working Families staff have been busy meeting with lawmakers, asking them to file legislation and move it forward. During the 2020 legislative session, the Institute will bring a vision of an Indiana where everyone — regardless of where one is born or what he or she looks like — can thrive.

The 2020 legislative goals and priorities include:


Legislative Priority

Quality Jobs

Hoosiers need jobs with adequate wages and the ability to balance work, family, and health.

Provide a clear, affirmative right to reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. (See related article below.)

Meaningful Income Supports

When jobs are inadequate, hard to land, or impossible to sustain due to life circumstances, income supports are a critical lifeline.

Raise TANF eligibility to 50% of the federal poverty line, and adjust benefits for inflation.

Strong Consumer Protections

Without protection, predatory lenders will mire Hoosiers in debt they cannot repay.

Enact a 36% APR cap on payday loans.

Stable, affordable housing

A safe and stable place to call home is critical to maintaining employment and children's education.

Strengthen protections for vulnerable renters and homeowners.

Access to post-secondary education and training

All Hoosiers should have opportunities to develop skills in industries and careers that fit their talents and motivation.

Advance policies that provide better alignment of programs and funding to reduce the academic costs and the non-academic barriers for Indiana's adult student learners.

Throughout the session, the Institute will invite Community Action Agencies’ staff and supporters to take action to help move these priorities forward.

Want to get a head start? Visit the TAKE ACTION page of the IIWF website for ideas.


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IN-CAA and the Institute thank Governor Holcomb for prioritizing protections for pregnant workers

Earlier this month, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced his intentions to make a clear, affirmative right to reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers a top priority on his 2020 legislative agenda. The legislation is critical to the health, safety and financial stability of Hoosier families.

Pregnant workers who need income but lack accommodations are often forced to continue working under unhealthy conditions, having no choice but to risk their own health as well as the health of their babies. This can have life-altering consequences as women continue without the accommodations they need or lose a paycheck at a time they need it most. 

Women who want or need to continue working while pregnant but need small adjustments—such as extra bathroom breaks or a reprieve from heavy lifting—should receive them. Otherwise, too many women will continue to face impossible choices between their health and their family's financial well-being.

Not only will this measure ensure healthier outcomes for pregnant workers and babies, but it will also help our state's economic growth by providing much-needed clarity for businesses, improving employee retention, and reducing training and turnover costs. 

The Institute and IN-CAA look forward to working with the Governor’s office and our legislators on this vital issue. Together, we can not only improve maternal and child health outcomes, but also provide greater financial stability to pregnant workers and their families.

Related Resources

Indiana Institute for Working Families

A Better Balance

March of Dimes


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Indiana receives a D in national debt-collection protection

Major reforms needed to protect working families

A new report from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) surveys the exemption laws of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands that protect wages, assets in a bank account, and property from seizure by creditors. No Fresh Start in 2019: How States Still Let Debt Collectors Push Families into Poverty finds that Indiana’s laws do not meet basic standards so that debtors can continue to work productively to support themselves and their families.

State grades are determined based upon the state’s protection of:

  • a living wage
  • the family home
  • the family car
  • a basic amount in a family bank account
  • household goods

The report outlines key recommendations about reforms necessary for state property-exemption laws.

Learn more

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Pace, Brightpoint, TRI-CAP announce grants

The three Indiana Community Action Agencies have recently received grants from regional banks.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis grant benefits Wagon Works Project

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI) board of directors has issued $500,000 in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) supplemental funding to TRI-CAP for the Wagon Works housing development under construction in Huntingburg, Ind.

The Wagon Works development will provide 56 affordable apartment units, which are expected to be available for leasing in spring 2020. The project is being developed through a partnership with TRI-CAP and Paragus Corporation of Indianapolis. It is the third development with which TRI-CAP has been involved in the city of Huntingburg.

PNC Foundation grant supports Brightpoint Development Fund

Brightpoint will use a $20,000 grant from PNC Foundation to support business lending through the Brightpoint Development Fund (BDF).

Founded in 2010, the Brightpoint Development Fund provides affordable business loans, financial education and housing-development services. The BDF is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) micro-lender and a U.S. Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI.)

A portion of the grant will also be used to continue offering free business workshops in the community.

Regions Bank grant helps Pace help its community

Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. has received a $10,000 donation from Regions Bank in support of programming for agency clients in Daviess, Knox, Gibson and Vigo counties.

“Regions is a community-minded bank, and through funding for multiple programming options, they show that they care!” says Pace CEO Dr. Bertha Proctor. “We are thrilled that Regions collaborated with us to make a better life for individuals and families throughout our communities. Their investment will help enhance vital programs that promote lasting change.”

Pace promotes self-reliance and community involvement by offering programs surrounding financial education for youth, career readiness, internships, weatherization, health insurance navigation, individual development accounts and more.

“Pace has served as a valued, go-to resource for our southwest Indiana neighbors for more than five decades,” said Nicole Woodson, Indiana Community Development Manager for Regions. “Regions is pleased to invest in their efforts to teach youth the basics of money management and advance the local workforce through career-readiness initiatives. Through the power of partnership, we can help support Pace’s mission to educate, empower and improve our communities.”

Above: Angela Lange (left), Pace’s Head Start Director, and Dr. Bertha Proctor, CEO, are all smiles at receiving a $10,000 donation from Regions Bank.


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Pace hosts ribbon-cuttings

Pace Community Action Agency recently hosted two ribbon-cuttings at its new Bedford and Sullivan Health Connection Clinics. The clinics, which offer confidential reproductive health care services for men and women, expand Pace’s health services to two new counties. Learn more about the clinics in the October issue of this newsletter. Here, staff from multiple Health Connection Clinic locations pose for a photo during the Sullivan open house.

ICYMI (In case you missed it)

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) magazine recently featured Hoosier Uplands CEO David Miller as its cover story. Read the article, “Born to protect and serve.”


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