University partners with neighborhood housing agency
The University of Indianapolis welcomed an important economic development partner to the greater University Heights area in October, when the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership cut the ribbon on its new INHP South office, located essentially on campus in a house leased from UIndy at 1414 National Avenue.
INHP revitalizes neighborhoods by helping families become and remain long-term homeowners, a mission that dovetails with UIndy’s strategic plan to enhance quality of life not only for the campus community but also for its neighbors. President Robert Manuel serves on the organization’s Board of Directors and marshaled the University’s resources to help the group locate nearby.
“It’s wonderful to see all of our discussions and planning come to fruition in the opening of the new INHP South office at UIndy,” Manuel said. “This group has a proven record of stabilizing residential areas around Indianapolis, and that work will be an essential piece of the puzzle in transforming our section of the city by attracting new long-term residents and the businesses that will follow.”
INHP President Moira Carlstedt thanked the University in her remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We’re grateful to Rob and his team, who were quite proactive about calling INHP and saying, ‘It’s time. We’ll help you. We’ll help you find a place. We’ll help you turn that place into a home that is really designed to incentivize and encourage and motivate the families who come to INHP to fulfill their dreams of long-term, successful home ownership,” Carlstedt said. Over the next three years, INHP expects to serve more than 1,300 local families through the new branch and has raised more than $500,000 in donations to support the effort.