Mid North district gets lift thanks to city program
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis officials announced Friday that the Mid-North area is the sixth Lift Indy neighborhood.
It is one of two neighborhoods selected by the city to receive federal funding this year. Funding of $ 3.5 million over the next three years will go towards efforts to address issues facing the neighborhood.
These include affordable housing complexes, an early childhood education center, and ways to address food access issues.
Danita Hoskins, president of the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, said she had witnessed the impact of food insecurity in the area.
Hoskin said at one point that they had three grocery stores within walking distance of each other in the neighborhood. Now the neighborhood is considered a food desert.
“They have to go this far to get the things they need to support their households in a healthy and nutritious way,” Hoskins said.
This program will help change that. One of the projects funded by the Lift Indy program is a new local grocery store in the 38th and Illinois area. This will help not only to solve the problem of food security, but also to the health of the community.
“Midtown Indy is honored to work with stakeholders at all levels to bridge the gap between the food desert and the food oasis within the Midtown community,” said Michael McKillip, Executive Director of Midtown Indy. “The challenges of access to food and equity have united our communities in an unprecedented way. We join our partners in thanking Mayor Hogsett and DMD for creating this catalytic investment strategy in the neighborhood.
Research in the area also found that rental assistance requests from area residents were nearly double the Marion County average. The Lift Indy program will help develop quality affordable housing in the region with an integrated development of 56 supportive housing units. The development will have units reserved for families and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness with support services, including comprehensive health services.
There will also be an affordable rental housing program that will include 11 affordable units.
“The Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (MFCDC) has established the intention to preserve the Mid-North as a diverse and inclusive community,” said Elan Daniel, CEO of MFCDC. “As real estate values accelerate and threaten the displacement of low to moderate income households, we are looking for sustainable ways to help them benefit from the income diversity that we hope to achieve. Lift Indy’s investments help make our vision a reality.
The company is also developing an early childhood education center in the region that will include a daycare center and a scholarship fund for low-income families in order to access quality childcare services.
The Mid-North zone joins five other Lift Indy designations: Monon16, Old Southside, East 10th Street, Near North and Martindale-Brightwood. An additional quarter will be announced later this month.
To learn more about the Lift Indy program, visit indy.gov/activity/dmdliftindy.
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