Community Group Lands Housing Grant

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The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana has awarded $600,000 in funding to an Indianapolis neighborhood organization. The grant for the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corp. involves new home construction and rehabilitation projects. September 16th, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Organization will utilize funding to impact 7 families in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (MFCDC) is the recipient of a $600,000 Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) grant award. Funding will be used for new housing construction, rehabilitation of vacant or abandoned housing and owner-occupied homeowner repairs.

Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) Executive Director, Amy Nelson said, "The FHCCI is excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation, which has a 30-year history of creative and effective programs for a vibrant, sustainable community," continued Nelson, "together, we will be able to make a significant impact towards creating a more inclusive, dynamic, and equitable city."

Equally excited, Leigh Riley Evans, CEO of Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation is "pleased to be awarded this welcome boost of funding to extend our neighborhood revitalization efforts. By working together with FHCCI, the quality of life for Mapleton-Fall Creek's residents will be improved with safe and affordable housing."

MFCDC has been focusing its efforts in its 20/21 target area. This area is located in the southeast quadrant of the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood south of 32nd Avenue, west of College Avenue, north of Fall Creek Parkway and east of New Jersey Street. In 2010, the 20/21 target area was identified because of its high vacancy and crime rates. Thus far more than $10 million dollars of private and public funding have been invested in the area creating affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, transforming vacant lots into pocket parks and remediating Brownfield sites for future development.

This award from the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana will progress MFCDC's mission in the 20/21 target area and its vision for the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood. Specifically, it will allow four (4) new families to experience homeownership and provide repair assistance for three (3) existing neighborhood families.

There will be a press conference and opportunity to walk the target area on Monday, September 16th at 3:00pm. The press conference will take place at 3025 Park Avenue in Mapleton-Fall Creek; one of the properties which will be impacted by this funding.

Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (www.mfcdc.org)

The Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (MFCDC) is a non-profit community development corporation serving the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood in Indianapolis. Its mission is to connect neighborhood partners to help, serve, revitalize, stimulate and invest resources to rebuild an affordable, safe and vital community.

Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (www.fhcci.org)

The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is a private, non-profit fair housing organization founded in 2011 and based in Indianapolis, IN. Its mission is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education and outreach.

Source: Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corp