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Homeward Bound Raises $113,000 With Only One Walk Complete
With only one walk in a series of 11 completed, Homeward Bound has already raised more than $113,000 for affordable housing and homeless service providers in Indiana. This year’s inaugural walk took place in Lafayette on Saturday, April 10. From April to October 2010, Homeward Bound events will take place across Indiana. The goal for 2010 is a minimum of $350,000 raised for local agencies. Contribute to Homeward Bound online at http://www.homewardboundindiana.org.
Homeward Bound is a project of the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED). Homeward Bound supports non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, which provide housing and deliver human services to revitalize Indiana communities and support Hoosier families. IACED was founded in 1986 to serve community-based organizations working on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged populations.
IACED Executive Director, Andy Fraizer, is named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty under 40, Class of 2010
From hundreds of candidates, IBJ has chosen 40 budding superstars from the central Indiana business community who are really going places. So, we asked each of them to meet us at the majestic new Indianapolis International Airport to pose for portraits and sit for revealing video interviews. In light of the surroundings, we asked them to discuss where they’re headed in the next year, and what they see on the horizon from their lofty perspectives.
See the full story, as well as Andy’s interview at IBJ’s Forty under 40.
JPMorgan Chase grants $110,000 to IACED for Quality of Life Improvements
IACED received a $110,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation for a Comprehensive Community Development Demonstration Project in Elkhart and Allen Counties. The goal of the demonstration project is to promote a holistic approach to healthy community building at the neighborhood level that integrates civic, social, physical, and economic development. The demonstration progam will showcase a renewed approach to community development activites that promotes holistic and resident-driven improvements to strengthen and sustain selected neighborhoods. In each county, IACED will be working with a selected non-profit organization to act as the convening agency for the quality of life process. In Elkhart County, it will be working with LaCasa Inc., in Allen County, a competitive process is underway to select the agency.
For more information see the January 21, 2010 press release.
IACED Deputy Director Meets with HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims.
On June 30, U.S. Senator Evan Bayh and the City of Gary hosted U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Ron Sims. David Fredricks, Deputy Director of the Indiana Association for Community and Economic Development, was present and met with Deputy Secretary Sims. Secretary Sims was impressed by the passion and efforts of the citizens of Gary and those who assembled to discuss revitalization. More than 40 individuals representing the City of Gary, the Indianapolis HUD office, Indiana University Northwest, clergy, and business leaders from Gary where present to discuss a desire to demolish many of Gary’s blighted properties with Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to make way for new revitalization.
IACED Releases Report, Indiana’s Property Tax Crisis: Is Property Tax Relief or Tax Restructuring the Solution?
On January 17, 2008, the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) released our report Indiana’s Property Tax Crisis: Is Property Tax Relief or Tax Restructuring the Solution? This report contains seven conclusions including six recommendations for policymakers. The report reaches its conclusions by examining the history of Indiana’s property tax assessment system, lessons from past property tax relief, and best practices from other states to target property tax relief for low-income families, families with reduced incomes and families on fixed incomes. The report concludes if property tax relief and restructuring are not permanent and targeted, increased mortgage foreclosure and property abandonment could result. Additionally, the report concludes the solution is not property tax elimination. Instead, the report recommends a circuit breaker to provide property tax relief and highlights the need to provide relief to renters whose landlords increase rents to compensate for increased property taxes. The report also recommends creating a graduated income tax system, expanding the sales tax to services, increasing the income tax threshold, and increasing the state earned income tax credit.
Visit the Reports and Publications page for this report.
IACED has training manuals from previous training seminars available.
IACED will send training manuals to CHDOs, IACED members and local units of government at no charge. To find out what manuals are available and how to make your request contact Chris Collins.