New Eastside Public Library in Martingdale-Brightwood

We are excited to announce the new opening of the Martingdale-Brightwood Public Library. This new building will replace the Brightwood Branch across the street, which has served the community since 1972. Located at 2434 N. Sherman Drive, the 15,000 square feet library hopes to increase “access to lifelong learning and mental recreation for neighbors of all ages,” said Amina Pierson […]

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Join a Community Action Team Today!

So what does a Community Action Team (CAT) do? Residents in the Eastside neighborhood can become CAT members. Each CAT are limited to 15 residents per year, and neighbors can only serve one CAT per year. CAT members meet bi-monthly (every two months). CATs and a representative of a lead agency work collaboratively in identifying resources, meeting space, and creating […]

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Eastside Celebrates a “New Hub of Possibility and Opportunity”, the New P.R. Mallory Campus

A brief history of the P.R. Mallory Campus: It was originally home to the first Indianapolis baseball team in 1900. In 1906, the Wonderland Amusement Park took over the site. With some financial struggles, the site would then be destroyed by fire in 1911. From there the P.R. Mallory Headquarters would run as an industrial powerhouse, producing a game “Finance” […]

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It’s Official! The Eastside is Now a 21st Century Talent Region

OVERVIEW On June 2nd, 2020, the Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo announced the Eastside Economic Recovery and Mobility District (EERMD) as the state’s sixth talent region.  WHAT IS A 21ST CENTURY TALENT REGION? Originating from Executive Order 17-17, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb established the Secretary of Career Connections and Talent as a cabinet-level position in […]

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A Celebration of Fervent and Collective Action: The New Quality of Life Plan

Overview A prospering area of Indianapolis comprised of 20 neighborhoods, the Near Eastside has cultivated a thorough set of goals written by neighbors, for neighbors. To celebrate the launch and dedication into developing the plan, while adapting to social distancing protocols, the Near Eastside hosted a virtual live Facebook event Tuesday June 16, 2020 with special guest Mayor Joe Hogsett […]

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Current AmeriCorps VISTAs Reflect on Their Time with the IndyEast Promise Zone

Since the summer of 2016, the IndyEast Promise Zone (IEPZ) has been supported by the capacity-building efforts of AmeriCorps VISTAs. Below are reflections from members of the 2019-2020 VISTA cohort, the fourth group to serve with the IndyEast Promise Zone.   Jacob Gosselin | Education & Workforce Development Strategist   Q: What is your position and what are your key […]

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Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana to Use HUD Grants to Support Education and Enforcement Initiatives

One of the many important factors in ensuring that all neighbors in the Promise Zone community has decent, safe housing is the understanding and enforcement of fair housing laws. Federal law dictates that both tenants and landlords have certain rights and responsibilities within contract agreements. The Fair Housing Act, part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, was written and […]

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Federal Low-Income Tax Credits Program Continues to Support Affordable Housing in the Promise Zone

One of the foundational goals of the IndyEast Promise Zone is to address our community’s housing needs. Among the main concerns in housing development is affordability, especially for low-income neighbors. Along with our partners, we have been committed to our Live IndyEast goals, which include addressing barriers to decent, safe housing and maintaining affordability. An important tool that has been […]

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