The Far Eastside was selected as a Lift Indy neighborhood. Lift Indy is a comprehensive community development program that promotes equitable neighborhood revitalization through affordable housing, economic development, and placemaking. Each year, the City of Indianapolis selects one strategic, focused area with market potential and makes a multi-year commitment of HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help meet neighborhood goals.
Given the scale and complexity of the COVID crisis, as well as the rapid change in the real estate market, the application process expanded to include two neighborhoods with a focus on issues of equity and building capacity within the community development system made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act.
Lift Indy-supported projects and programs:
- Wrap-around services at CAFE using a two-generational approach and programming based on best practices, to lift Far Eastside families out of poverty and improve their quality of life. CAFE projects it will serve nearly 3,800 clients over the next three years.
- Creation of the Orchard Trail, to develop a walkable, ADA, pedestrian-friendly route that leads to 38th St. and has access points to adjacent neighborhoods. In efforts to address food access gaps, this public trail will also feature garden beds for the public to grow fresh produce.
- Owner-occupied repair programs through HOPE CDC, to serve 27 homes in Census track 3604.
- Edge Fund HomeSmart Affordable Home Mortgage Program through Intend Indiana, to make affordable housing accessible to 10 low-to moderate-income homebuyers on the Far Eastside.
- HomeMATTERS Rehab-Homeownership through Intend Indiana, to help stabilize the neighborhood with 10 new homeownership opportunities through rehabbing existing homes.
Lift Project Area
Led by the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE), the Far Eastside applicant group includes Mt. Paran Church’s HOPE CDC, and Intend Indiana.
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