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End Veteran Homelessness

Today America pauses to honor Veterans. On Monday, we go back to work to End Veteran Homelessness. In honor of Veterans Day, we are sharing the story of Gerald Hurt, a formerly homeless veteran who recently moved into a new supportive housing community in Danville, Illinois. Together with the National Equity Fund and Bring them HOMES, LISC is working to make sure every veteran has the home he or she needs. Read more:

Successful Development on Tap Speaks to Gentrification in Indy

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Development on Tap. The event, Gentrification in Indy with national housing expert Alan Mallach’s findings on changes in neighborhood incomes and housing values in Indianapolis, was well-attended and appreciated. “Indianapolis is a great city, with strong institutions, valuable assets, and healthy job and population growth. While some parts of Indianapolis are seeing rising incomes, house values and similar indicators, however, the data shows that substantially more parts of the city are seeing decline in these same indicators than are seeing growth. The city has been losing ground in important respects, experiencing weak … Continued

“Project American Made”

Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) and the US Small Business Administration recently signed a two-year agreement to program veteran training for “Project American Made” The Howl & Hide Supply Co. production line includes hand-made leather pieces such as wallets, handbags, satchels, carrying cases and other light weight office and personal use items. The veteran gains the skill and a portion of the proceeds from the profits of each sale from a piece he/she created.  


LISC’s FOCUS Works is an effort designed to support the redevelopment of targeted urban industrial districts through façade improvement grants, targeted small business loans, technical assistance, staffing and more. That sounds great, but how does it work? This Indianapolis Business Journal article, McNamara Florist hopes $2.5M bet on HQ will help Mass Ave industrial corridor flower, explains how companies are investing in the nearly 500-acre area known as the Mass Ave/Brookside Industrial Corridor. Last year LISC supported McNamara through a $20,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  

Near Eastside Welcomes McNamara

Thank you to Joe Hogsett for coming to today’s Grand Opening of McNamara Florist on the Near Eastside in the Mass Ave/Brookside Corridor. A great investment for the area! — at McNamara Florist.

LISC National’s Maurice Jones Visits Indy

Last month Maurice Jones took helm as Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)‘s fourth president & CEO. Just last week he made his first visit to Indianapolis. Thanks for letting us show you all of the exciting things happening in the Circle City!

Indy Chamber Monumental Awards

The Indy Chamber Monumental Awards took place last Thursday. LISC was the proud nominating sponsor for the following categories. Congratulations to the winners! 1) Neighborhood Revitalization: Revitalization of Speedway, Indiana‘s Main Street 2) Innovative Reuse Category: The Pin, Deylen Realty, Inc. The Pin redevelopment was credit enhanced using money from State Farm

Successful Development on Tap focused on Transit

Thank you to all the guests that attended last Thursday’s Development on Tap: “Is Transit a Gamechanger for Indy Neighborhoods?” We appreciate the thoughtful discussion from our panelists: Scarlett Martin, Orion Bell, Gary Hobbs and Michael McKillip, moderated by Rachel McIntosh. Matt Impink, Indy Chamber, updated guests on the current transit situation including the latest polling data on the referendum. Please click here to download the presentation.  

Great Places 2020: Request for Letters of Interest

LISC Indianapolis is asking Indianapolis neighborhood partners to submit a letter of interest for consideration by Sept. 30. The program is designed with a focus on effective placemaking and a vision for neighborhoods. Criteria for place selection is outlined on the Great Places 2020 website and includes the presence of a Quality of Life Plan, existing market activity, willing anchor institutions, nearby waterways or greenspaces, walkability and more. Once selected, each new Great Place will receive several months of planning assistance to create a detailed redevelopment plan for their target area. Please click here to download the Request for Letters … Continued

2015 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report

2015 a momentous year for LISC In 2015 LISC Indianapolis invested more than $15 million into Indianapolis neighborhoods in grants, loans, and equity. This supported 30 different non-profits, assisted 2,905 families and 102 businesses, built 91 homes, and improved 437,000 square feet of commercial space. We also support programs that enabled 528 family members to obtain jobs, over 500 families to increase their income, and the creation of 83 new neighborhood jobs. Please click here to read the 2015 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report.

Donate today to help the Indy Steelers!

We have partnered with Patronicity to crowdfund for the Indy Steelers AYF. Your support will also help provide practice equipment such as tackling dummies, speed sled, resistance bands as well as some operational costs to continue to the program, enter tournaments and travel. Indianapolis LISC will match dollar for dollar up to $10,000! We have already raised $8,865 – just $1,135 shy of our goal! Click here to learn more and donate:  

Successful Development on Tap

Thanks to all who attended last night’s Development on Tap: The Indianapolis toolbox for vacant and abandoned property. Thanks to sponsor PNC Bank and partners Center for Community Progress, The City of Indianapolis and Renew Indianapolis. It was a thoughtful conversation about systemic approaches and barriers to address vacant and abandoned parcels in Indianapolis. Please click here to download the May 26 Development on Tap presentation.   Click here for the Center for Community Progress Final Report. Summary of Community Progress Indianapolis Recommendations  

Indy LISC staff lends a hand

Thanks to Groundwork Indy for organizing a great project last Friday, including a trash pickup along historic Burdsal Boulevard and renewing a community garden at Riverside Community Center.

Great Places 2020 Plans Unveiled

Thank you to all who attended last night’s Great Places 2020 Neighborhood Plan Unveiling! With more than 550 residents, business owners and community partners in attendance, the event truly was a success.  Also, a big thank you to the host of the evening’s event – James Whitcomb Riley School #43. Each Great Place unveiled their area’s Strategic Plan, please see below for links to these visions. $84 million committed to Great Places 2020 Great Places 2020 has structured initial funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. To date, more than $84 million has been committed to the three Great Places … Continued