An individual's zip code should never determine their destiny.
Designations are high poverty and high capacity communities where the federal government will work with local leaders to increase efforts to achieve neighborhood created goals and priorities. The designation also benefits with receiving five AmeriCorps VISTA members, a federal liaison, technical assistance from participating federal agencies, and preference points for certain competitive federal grant programs.
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Indy East Promise Zone
Goals & Promises
As the lead applicant, the John H. Boner Community Center and the residents of Near Eastside Indianapolis have enlisted the assistance of multiple organizations to develop strategies around the following five goals to improve the quality of life and accelerate revitalization.
LIVE INDY EAST
Our Goal // Affordable Housing and Redevelopment
We promise to create an economically and socially diverse community by investing in vacant properties and redeveloping them into new, affordable housing options for existing and new residents. View sub-goals.
WORK INDY EAST
Our Goal // Job Creation
We promise to develop neighborhood businesses, industries, and commerce that employ residents in living wage jobs. We will support entrepreneurship, job training, and the repurposing of vacant industrial spaces. View sub-goals.
BUY INDY EAST
Our Goal // Economic Activity
We promise to create vibrant commercial corridors that provide desirable goods, services, and amenities to our residents, and establish IndyEast as a regional destination for shopping, dining, and recreation. View sub-goals.
LEARN INDY EAST
Our Goal // Education
We promise all children will receive exceptional education from cradle to career, including developmentally appropriate early childhood services, high quality elementary and secondary schools, and opportunities for postsecondary education and training. View sub-goals.
SAFE INDY EAST
Our Goal // Reduce Serious & Violent Crime
We promise to create a bright, welcoming environment in which neighbors and visitors feel safe and secure as they go about their days in IndyEast. View sub-goals.
Locations & Boundaries
Indy East Promise Zone Map
The Promise Zone includes over 22 neighborhoods and is roughly bounded by Interstate 65 and the Monon Trail to the west, 25th Street to the north, Sherman Drive to the east and Washington Street to the South.
In our first installment of the “Our People, Their Stories” interview series, we interviewed Kimberly Woolfolk, the Economic Development Coordinator VISTA.