Building Vitality with Habitat for Humanity in Maple Crossing

Livability, opportunity, vitality, and education goals anchor each neighborhood in the Great Places 2020 initiative. Though the benefits of homeownership bolster each of these key components for a successful neighborhood, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity will support the Maple Crossing neighborhood this year as they seek to diversify housing and support current residents.

Two new Habitat homeowners will join the Maple Crossing neighborhood in 2017 and five current residents will have significant repairs completed on their homes.

Terri and her daughter are excited and anxious to move into their first home in a neighborhood Terri is convinced is on the rise. “I most look forward to watching my daughter grow up in my new home,” shared Terri as she completed the educational courses and volunteer hours for her home. Indy Star’s Matthew Tully talked with Terri about her transition into the Maple Crossing neighborhood this month: A new home, a new dog and a dream come true.

Sebastian’s journey into the neighborhood boasts an unusual beginning as it was built during the 2017 Indiana State Fair. In just 14 days, 850+ volunteers from agriculture businesses and the community constructed his three-bedroom home at the fairgrounds. On Sept. 14, the home will travel down 38th Street to its final location in Maple Crossing. Sebastian will be significantly closer to IUPUI, where he is studying computer engineering.

The Maple Crossing neighborhood is an example of how Habitat’s work continues to expand to fit our community’s needs. To meet the growing need for owner-occupied repair, Habitat expanded its services in 2016 to provide exterior repairs for homeowners desiring to stay in their homes but unable to afford or complete the repairs themselves. Habitat has completed one major repair in Maple Crossing and expects to complete another four major repairs for residents by the end of 2017.

Affordable homeownership is one piece to the complex puzzle of empowering communities to thrive and Habitat is grateful to walk alongside first-time homeowners and current residents as they enhance the Maple Crossing neighborhood to become a great place to live and work.