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LISC Indianapolis tracks recent progress in Education initiatives

LISC Indianapolis’s 2015 – 2018 Strategic Plan focuses on the following outcomes: Livability: Creating healthy, active and beautiful places Opportunity: Fostering entrepreneurship and employment Vitality: Reviving a growing and diverse population Education: Offering excellent lifelong learning opportunities. Here is a look at recent progress toward the Education goal of supporting the development of Quality of Life neighborhoods with improved educational opportunities. Maple Crossing Great Place: IPS School 43 in Maple Crossing Great Place shows significant improvement, with a new curriculum and new leadership in Principal Bakari Posey, with significant engagement with other community resources like the MLK Center. The Maple … Continued

LISC ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN ANCHOR REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

LISC ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN ANCHOR REVITALIZATION PROGRAM ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS ALREADY EXPERIENCING POSITIVE PROGRESS Yesterday, the Indy Chamber publicly announced the Anchor Revitalization Program, a sweeping strategy aimed at redevelopment, local hiring and business opportunities around Marion County’s major institutional employers in partnership with LISC, INHP, Ascend Indiana and Employ Indy.  The announcement comes after a half-day session with partners and participating anchor institutions to plan the next phases of the program, as momentum builds behind a push to encourage anchor employees to live closer to work, spurring neighborhood revitalization across the urban core. The session included a presentation by anchor … Continued

New life at the old Central State Hospital site

New life at the old Central State Hospital site Indy Star Columnist Matthew Tully looks at the increasing state of redevelopment at the site of the old Central State Hospital on the Near Westside. “For years, a drive along West Washington took you past the empty and decaying grounds of the former hospital, a symbol of the area’s hard times. There is a still a long way to go. But these days, that same drive offers something else: Signs of hope.”    Read the full story here.

Great Families 2020 Final Grants Awarded

Great Families 2020 Final Grants Awarded Last month, United Way of Central Indiana awarded $2,775,000 in grants to four local organizations as part of Great Families 2020, the initiative designed to transform the lives of Indianapolis’ most vulnerable families in neighborhoods with the most need. Great Families 2020 is modeled from the promising practice of the “Two Generation” approach, where neighborhood networks in education, financial stability and health services are integrated to serve the whole family. The winners for this round of Great Families 2020 submitted innovative proposals that aim to improve family outcomes in kindergarten readiness, mental health, employment and financial literacy grants: Community Alliance of the Far Eastside … Continued

How a single mom went from homeless to homeowner

Laura Warrick was a single mom with nowhere to live and lots of debt. But with the help of a financial adviser, she found a job, a place to live and a path to financial stability. $50 or $100 at a time, she diligently paid down her debts and improved her credit score. The support she received through CWF built up her own determination. After years of hard work, she saw her efforts pay off this summer, when she was able to buy her own home in Indianapolis. Read more here: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/marion-county/2017/08/30/how-single-mom-went-homeless-homeowner/552170001/

Join the Englewood Project

Join the Englewood Project The Englewood Project is the culmination of a global artwork including participants from 5 continents in 12 different languages. Lexington-based artists Kurt and Kremena have designed 129 cross-stitch kits and 129 tattoo designs unique to the Indianapolis project. We are looking for 129 participants to cross-stitch an exclusive graphic element highlighting the local community. The finished cross-stitches will become part of a gallery exhibition before returning to their creators. Each pair of participants (one receiving a tattoo and one creating a cross-stitch of the same phrase) will be invited to meet at a community celebration and can … Continued

State Farm Community Assist Grants

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The submission phase is open now through June 21. The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm! Learn more: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com  

Meet Rodric K. Reid: President, Alliance for Northeast Unification

Earlier this spring, Rodric K. Reid was hired as the President for the Alliance for Northeast Unification (ANU). We wanted to give you the chance to get to know him better and learn about the wonderful opportunities in the Northeast Corridor: What is the project in your neighborhood you are most excited about? There are many great things happening in our community to be excited about.  We are nearing capacity for our retail center which will host, in addition to the already opened Goodwill, Save a Lot and Dr. Tavel Eye Clinic- a barbershop, dental office and a pizza restaurant.   Our … Continued

State Farm Neighborhood Assist offering Forty $25,000 grants!

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The submission phase is open now through June 21. The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm! Learn more: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com

LISC Indianapolis: Program Officer for Workforce Development

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks a Program Officer for Workforce Development in the Indianapolis office. Printable Version: Program Officer – Workforce Development About LISC LISC is a national non-profit intermediary that provides financial and technical assistance to community-based organizations and public entities focused on the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods and rural communities.  The organization works throughout the nation to assist its various partners in the development of affordable multi-family and senior housing, homeownership opportunities, commercial enterprises, community facilities and various community-building programs. Founded in 1979 by the Ford Foundation, LISC has grown to become the nation’s premier national non-profit … Continued

IMPD Chief Urges Congress to support crime fighting partnerships

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach traveled to DC on April 22nd with Indianapolis LISC program officer Aaron Laramore to participate in a joint Department of Justice/LISC Building Partnerships for Crime Reduction Symposium. The symposium was a dialogue with police chiefs, prosecutors, residents and federal officials about successful strategies to put our most distressed communities on a path to safety and economic opportunity and in particular highlighted the importance of the Bryne Criminal Justice Innovation program, championed by Sen. Donnelly.  Chief Roach met with Sen. Donnelly and also the staff of Sen. Todd Young (R, IN). The event brought together law enforcement … Continued

Twin Accounts: Building Credit While Saving

Two big challenges facing many low-wealth families are poor credit scores and the lack of savings to address emergencies or other longer-term goals. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Financial Health Federal Credit Union in Indianapolis have teamed up to do something about that. Working closely with financial coaches in the Centers for Working Families network, the partners launched Twin Accounts.™ Borrowers must be in an active coaching relationship, with a clear set of financial goals, and have the ability to pay $25.00 per month. The borrower takes a loan for $300 which is immediately deposited into a “locked” savings account. The … Continued

A Game-Changer for Community Development: LISC Offers $100M in Bonds

In a first-ever move of its kind, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is issuing $100 million in general obligation bonds to help accelerate its work around economic opportunity and drive investment capital into distressed urban and rural communities across the country. Standard & Poor’s assigned a ‘AA’ rating to the bond issue, which includes term bonds of 10 and 20 years. The rating mirrors S&P’s issuer credit rating, assigned to LISC in September 2016, which highlighted the organization’s diverse and growing asset base, minimal loss exposure, and strong history of loan performance. “Impact investors are looking for proven ways … Continued

2017 Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Grants

The 2017 Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Program is a component of FOCUS that provides matching grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. These improvements could include new signage, windows, painting, and/or structural or design changes. 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 goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and new resources to revitalize urban markets. To apply, call LISC’s direct line … Continued

Last day to apply for Love Thy Neighborhood Awards

Deadline for the Love Thy Neighborhood Award Submission is midnight tonight! The Awards celebrate the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play, and stay. Learn more: http://loveawards.liscindianapolis.org/