In 2021, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the Far Eastside area as a designated Lift Indy neighborhood to receive $3.5 million in federal funding as part of the City of Indianapolis’ comprehensive community development initiative.
The Far Eastside applicant group includes the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFÉ) Mt. Paran Church’s HOPE CDC, and Renew Indianapolis. The collaboration utilizes HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to expand affordable housing, wrap-around services, and placemaking.
"Lift Indy is an excellent opportunity to continue our community development work on the Far Eastside, helping homeowners improve their residence with needed repairs,” said Pastor T.D. Robinson. “We’re hopeful our neighbors and community partners will take advantage of this program. Our team is prepared to assist as many homeowners as possible."
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 Renew Indianapolis Inc., to make affordable housing accessible to 10 low-to moderate-income homebuyers on the Far Eastside.
HomeMATTERS Rehab-Homeownership through Renew Indianapolis, Inc., to help stabilize the neighborhood with 10 new homeownership opportunities through rehabbing existing homes.