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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:

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:  

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:

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:

SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center Hires Director

IUPUI is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Roger as the first Director for the SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center.  Mark was chosen after a four-month search by a committee that included members from the Near Westside, LISC, and IUPUI staff and faculty, and will begin his work as director on February 20, 2017. “Mark is the ideal candidate for this position.  He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has a track record of encouraging others to successfully pursue their business-start up dreams. Mark is extremely well connected in the entrepreneurship community and can point to a portfolio of successful … Continued

LISC National CEO Discusses 2016’s Record Investments and Impact

LISC National CEO Discusses 2016’s Record Investments and Impact After reflecting on 2016, Maurice Jones, LISC CEO, lays out the year’s record investments and impact in the hundreds of neighborhoods where LISC works. And in this season of football playoffs and New Year’s resolutions, he reaffirms LISC’s ongoing commitment to bringing its A-game to revitalizing communities. Read the full message