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2014 FOCUS Facade Application Due May 30th

If you know of a small business in Indianapolis/Marion County doing great work and looking to improve their storefront, this is a great opportunity. The City of Indianapolis and Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Commercial Façade Rebate Program offers reimbursement grants for business and property owners who engage in visible improvements to the front of their property. This is a rebate program where business and property owners receive reimbursement for up to 50% of the cost of the project, in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for completed work. The program also develops relationships between local businesses and their area non-profit … Continued

Northeast Quality of Life Plan Unveiled

The Unveiling Event of the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan was a great success! There were over 260 stakeholders, politicians and neighbors present to learn about action goals towards improving mass transit, implementing grocery stores, developing access to healthcare, and more. With the support of LISC, the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life plan was developed from the grassroots level over the past 16 months and powered by 928 people and 87 organizations who were involved in the planning process. Guided by Amandula Anderson, executive director United Northeast Community Development Corporation, and Ben Harris, a community builder with the King … Continued

The Working Poor Should Be Better Off

“The working poor should be better off than the non-working poor.” So says my good friend and tireless champion for the dispossessed, Gregg Keesling, who runs a very successful social enterprise employing ex-offenders here in Indianapolis. It’s a theme that resonates across the network of LISC-sponsored Financial Opportunity Centers (known as Centers for Working Families in Indianapolis). There’s much rhetoric about why the poor stay poor, but the FOCs are seeing people every day who work for living but seem to get nowhere. It’s a complicated dynamic – partly behavioral but mostly about lack of assets – social capital, educational attainment, … Continued

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