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April Newsletter

Federal Budget Cuts Will Hurt Community Development Agencies

On March 16, the Trump administration proposed preliminary 2018 budget cuts, which details specific changes to federal government spending. The proposed changes include more than $6 billion of cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The cuts would eliminate funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships programs. The proposed funding cuts could be devastating for organizations around the country working hard to respond to blight, foreclosures, infrastructure demands and affordable housing shortages.

MFCDC has used CDBG and HOME funds to preserve affordability and improve the quality of life for Mid-North residents. The funds have been utilized for home repairs, affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, pocket park development, and business development.

In response to the President’s proposed budget eliminating the community development funding and programming, we ask you to contact your elected officials for our service area and urge support of funding critical to our operations.

Find your official here.

Click here to review talking points.


IUPUI Students Provide Free Mold Testing

Continuing our community health partnership with IUPUI, a group of anthropology students are providing free in-home mold testing through April 9th for Mid-North residents.The test will measure levels of airborne mold spores. Airborne mold spores can cause upper respiratory issues and other health problems. Participants will be informed of their results within a week after the test. The students will also inform participants on the next steps to take to fix any issues, if necessary.

To schedule an appointment, contact Wade via email wrcatt@umail.iu.edu or phone (317) 373-7440.

MFCDC’s partnership with the IUPUI Department of Anthropology is a part of our ongoing goal to improve the health of the Mid-North area, as well as our effort to connect neighbors to helpful resources.


Employee Spotlight: Kareem McGraw

MFCDC hired Kareem McGraw in March as a part-time maintenance technician. He is great with general maintenance, is licensed in drywall and carpentry, and has been very busy handling emergency calls and work orders for our rental properties. He is a great addition to the MFCDC staff and will help with our April inspections. If you see him, please welcome him to the neighborhood!


I Am Rosa Parks Featured in StoryWalk

MFCDC and The Indianapolis Public Library invite you to enjoy Rosa Park’s story as you stroll through the Ruckle Street Park. Pages of Brad Meltzer’s I Am Rosa Parks are currently displayed on wooden stands on either side of a walkway for park goers to enjoy. The StoryWalk is located at 3025 Ruckle Street.

 

The StoryWalk is one of several ways MFCDC empowers Mapleton-Fall Creek neighbors as we seek to meet residents’ comprehensive social needs through creative placemaking. Keep an eye out for future events happening in MFCDC’s parks all throughout Mapleton-Fall Creek via our events page on our website, located here. Also, if you wish to support our parks, visit our website and click the “donate” button on the top right corner.

 


Scan-a-thon Coming to MFC

Do you own a memorable piece of Mapleton-Fall Creek history? Do you have pictures, news clippings, or family items you feel encapsulates life in Mapleton-Fall Creek? If so, bring them to the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association meeting on April 13 and participate in IUPUI’s Scan-a-thon!

Students from IUPUI will be operating scanners at the meeting in an ongoing effort to document the life and history of Mapleton-Fall Creek and its residents.

The Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association takes place at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (210 East 34th Street) at 6:15pm.

 


IDA Orientation at Edna Martin

Edna Martin Christian Center will open its doors for a special evening orientation on Thursday, May 4 from 6-7pm. During this time, MFCDC’s Individual Development Account applicants will hear specific details about the IDA program and the center’s services, including one-on-one coaching involving financial literacy, employment, and income support.

An IDA is a four-year, matched-savings program designed to assist individuals in achieving self sufficiency through financial literacy and asset generation. It is an account to reward its users for saving money. For more information about the IDA program, click here.

MFCDC offers the IDA program in our ongoing goal of equity and economic growth for residents in Mapleton-Fall Creek and its surrounding neighborhoods.

 


MFCDC to open Model Home

Carley Custom Builders has broken ground on a future model home on 2952 Washington Blvd. This new build will be two stories with an open floor concept, accompanied with a single car garage. The house is set for completion before the end of Spring. For further details or to build your own home, please contact Courtney Goodwyn, Director of Housing Development, at 317-800-6609 or courtney@mfcdc.org.

For information on how to purchase a home through MFCDC, click here.

 

 


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