Local man to lead state housing agency, keep Hoosiers in homes

A Greenwood man will help decide which programs the state should have to help to keep Hoosiers in their homes.

Gov.-elect Mike Pence recently appointed Jacob Sipe as the new Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority executive director, and Sipe will start the full-time position in January. He has been interim executive director since July and has worked at the department since 1999.

In his new role, Sipe will oversee the department’s programs and determine how much state or federal money those programs will receive. The state office has an energy assistance program, which gives residents money to help pay utility bills, and a homeless prevention program, which gives residents money to pay rent and help them remain in their homes.

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