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MFCDC Makes Your Donations Work

We are passionate about improving life for new and long-time Mid-North residents. We have staff members who live and who have grown up in Mapleton-Fall Creek. We connect our neighbors to each other, amplify their voices, and create a better neighborhood to live, learn, work, and play.

‘Before’ and ‘after’ shots of the house on 3028 Park Avenue, an example of the work done by MFCDC and our partners.

As a nonprofit, we rely heavily upon grants and charitable donations to do our work. We leverage these funds with other community partners to create a real, tangible, and sustainable impact throughout our service area. For example, in 2009 MFCDC identified the area south of 32nd Street, north and west of Fall Creek Parkway, and east of New Jersey Street as a region needing focused and comprehensive development due to its high housing vacancy rate and poverty level. This focus area, deemed MFCDC’s 20/21 Target Area, had a poverty rate of 38.68 percent in 2009, but MFCDC’s efforts reduced this rate to around 22 percent in 2016 (Esri).

With the help of our neighbors and partners, MFCDC helped turn Mapleton-Fall Creek into a place people choose to live and do business.
We have transformed vacant parcels into three pocket parks for our residents with the aim to beautify the neighborhood, attract new businesses, combat childhood obesity, and improve the quality of life for our residents.

We use your donations to improve the quality of life for you and future residents. And, with your help, we can do more. A $25 donation can pay to mow a lawn, $120 covers snow removal for our newly rehabilitated properties, $240 pays to remove and recycle illegal dumping, and $360 helps beautify our parks. Please consider letting us make your money work for you and your neighborhood by visiting our website and clicking the ‘Donate’ button in the top right corner.

MFCDC and InfoZone offer Perks to Residents

If you or someone you know are thinking about moving to Mapleton-Fall Creek, buying or renting through MFCDC could be the right choice for you.

MFCDC owns houses and buildable lots for sale to homebuyers. These houses and lots are perfect for future homeowners to create their custom dream home in an area rich in diversity, close proximity to Butler Tarkington and Downtown Indianapolis, and access to greenspaces and trails. Mapleton-Fall Creek is also known for its family-friendly events and destinations.

In fact, on June 20, MFCDC will be celebrating Tenant Appreciation Day from 3-6pm at the Ruckle Street Pocket Park (3025 North Ruckle Street). We will provide free food, bounce houses, and face painting. The InfoZone Library will also kick off their summer reading program at this event with fun activities for neighborhood children.

Neighborhood youth engage in fun activities provided by the InfoZone Library at our StoryWalk Celebration on May 6.

Later in the evening, The Children’s Museum (TCM) will provide free admission to the Mid-North residents from 5:30-8pm for its Neighborhood Appreciation Night. Residents of the Mid-North area do not have to wait for these special events to gain free entry, however. TCM offers free membership to those who live within the six Mid-North neighborhoods. Additionally, through the Access Pass program, families who receive SNAP/Hoosier Works, TANF, or Hoosier Healthwise Insurance can visit TCM and eight other popular attractions at the greatly reduced rate of $2, total, for up to two adults and dependent youth living in the household. For more information, including other institutions offering Access Passes, click here.

From our parks to attractions, Mapleton-Fall Creek makes for a wonderful neighborhood for families to live, play, and work. And MFCDC is here to help. Contact our Director of Housing, Courtney Goodwyn, at courtney@mfcdc.org or 317-800-6609 for more information. For a list of lots available for purchase, click here. Or keep an eye out our new for-sale signs in empty lots and houses for sale around Mapleton-Fall Creek!

CommunityINNOVATE’s Solution Showcase

Brittanie Redd presenting research by IUPUI students in 2016 at the Indy Healthy Food Access Challenge at Flanner House on May 19.

MFCDC and Mid-North QOL Plan seek to improve the health of Mid North residents, based on their input, wants, and needs. One of the biggest challenges faced by the Mid-North area is access to affordable, healthy food. Based on the feedback of Mid-North residents, the exploration of creating a food co-op became a goal of MFCDC and the Mid-North QOL Plan. Brittanie is currently bringing together experts and neighbors to begin the first phase of starting a food co-op, generating community support.

Presenters also had the opportunity to gain funding through the Indy Healthy Food Access Challenge in the form of micro-grants, funded by Mercy Road Church. Named Do Something Grants, they were designed to help implement solutions to healthy and affordable food access issues. The grant committee awarded MFCDC a $500 grant to assist with efforts to start a food co-op.

For those interested in continuing the discussion on food access in Indianapolis, attend The People’s Food Summit on June 3 from 11am-3pm at Riverside Park. Details can be found here.

Mapleton FC Finds Early Success

Mapleton-Fall Creek’s Indy City Futbol League team, Mapleton FC, owns an early lead in the Circle City Conference.

Indy City Futbol is a neighborhood league which promotes neighborhood connection, responsible travel, sportsmanship, and volunteerism. By volunteering, car pooling, using public transit, or riding bikes to their matches, teams can earn points to raise their position within the standings, giving them a better chance at making the playoffs. Find out more about the league, Mapleton FC’s schedule, and standings by visiting Indy City Futbol’s website here.

Mapleton FC’s team photo, located on its Twitter profile.

IUPUI Student’s Digital Stories

MFCDC partnered with Indiana University-Purdue University’s Anthropology Department in 2015 to support the research of students in the Ethnographic Methods course. We have worked together with students in these classes to gather information on health and ways to improve it in Mapleton-Fall Creek. This year, on May 2 at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, the students presented an abbreviated version of their spring-semester findings in the form of Digital Stories. Three of the seven Digital Stories are unavailable due to copyright issues.

Reconnecting with Food through Urban School Programs

Mold and Environmental Health

Food Access in Mapleton-Fall Creek

Youth Empowerment


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