Community

Build a sense of community among the people who live and work in this neighborhood.

Key Strategies:

  • As part of the housing development strategy, create business/vendor spaces to provide services that meet the needs of local residents (e.g. financial services, counseling, community meeting space, food co-op, etc.)
  • Develop and implement a branding strategy for the neighborhood, drawing on the area’s historical strengths and successes.
  • Support the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in its efforts to build relationships with the people who live in the area and advocate with IMPD to ensure they are aware of community issues and needs.
  • Spearhead the development of a self-sustaining neighborhood association for the area immediately surrounding the church.
  • Advocate with the City for infrastructure improvements (e.g. sidewalks, streets, streetlights, bike lanes, and reduced speed on thoroughfares) to improve the overall safety and walkability of the area.
  • Host neighborhood celebrations, meetings and education programs to build fellowship among the generations of people living in the area.
  • Advocate with legislators to pass effective policy initiatives (e.g. addressing food desert issues), and address enactments than disproportionately affect minority communities.
  • Support initiatives that address food desert solutions for the 46218 area.
  • Involve church ministries (e.g. Women of the Word, Men of Purpose, Senior Saints, recreation leagues, etc.) in additional outreach efforts to spread compassion and welcome participation from neighborhood residents.
  • Explore opportunities for existing programs that support stable families and neighborhoods to enhance and/or expand their programming into this neighborhood.
  • Expand counseling services to help families stay strong.