Saturday, June 13, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Visits SE Indy!

As you may have heard, as part of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), the City of Indianapolis has been awarded $29 million to combat foreclosed, vacant, or abandoned homes. Additionally, through State of Indiana NSP funding, Indianapolis neighborhoods recently received an additional $5 million allocation. The Indianapolis neighborhoods selected to receive these funds include three of the six GINI demonstration neighborhoods in which LISC is concentrating its revitalization support - Southeast, Near East, and Near West. These neighborhoods were well-positioned to compete for these funds because of the intensive process of quality-of-life planning that enabled them to bring together community partners and create a clear vision for the future of their neighborhood.

During a recent visit to Indianapolis to talk about NSP investments, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan praised the work of community groups in Southeast and the Near East, neighborhoods in which he toured during his short stay. He also met privately with local supporters of housing revitalization including Bill Taft, LISC Indianapolis Executive Director. He spoke highly of LISC's work and encouraged the continued technical assistance and financial investment that LISC provides to help neighbors build communities.

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