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  • 25 May 2022 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 25, 2022

    CONTACT: Jessica Love | (317) 222-1221 x402| jlove@prosperityindiana.org

    Prosperity Indiana Adds Coalition Coordinator to Team to Expand Advocacy Efforts

    INDIANAPOLIS Prosperity Indiana is pleased to announce that Hale Crumley has joined the PI team as the new Coalition Coordinator. In this role, Crumley will coordinate the operations and development for PI’s four issue-based coalitions and work to further the coalitions’ goals, which include increasing the advocacy capacity of members to address long-standing racial equity gaps and economic injustices and advancing policies that promote stable, affordable housing, consumer protections, asset-building, and economic opportunities for all Hoosiers to thrive. She will build diverse and inclusive partnerships with communities and individuals across the state to advance the strategic missions of the Indiana Assets & Opportunities Network, Hoosiers for Responsible Lending, the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition, and the Opportunity Starts at Home-Indiana Coalition.

    Prior to joining Prosperity Indiana, Crumley had experience in program management, economic inclusion research, and consulting in the public and nonprofit sectors including with CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Downtown Bloomington Inc., and the City of South Bend. She earned her Bachelor of Public Affairs with a major of Nonprofit Management and Leadership and her Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Community and Economic Development, both from the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington.

    Crumley said, “My professional background and passion lies in people-oriented community building and the importance of racial and economic equity. I am greatly looking forward to serving Prosperity Indiana members as a resource connector, convener of people, active listener, transparent communicator, best practices educator, and advocate for all Hoosiers.”

    Prosperity Indiana is excited to welcome Crumley as a “Piece of the PI.”

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    About Prosperity Indiana

    The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana’s network has grown to nearly 200 organizations, representing thousands of practitioners statewide from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

  • 28 Feb 2022 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    February 28, 2022

    Contact: Rita O’Donohue | (317) 222-1221 x405 | rodonohue@prosperityindiana.org

    Announcing Prosperity Indiana’s 2022 Award Winners!

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Prosperity Indiana announced the winners of its annual leadership and program awards at the 2022 Prosperity Indiana Summit on February 17. The Summit Awards Ceremony was an occasion to celebrate the leaders and innovators in the community economic development field. Winners were nominated by their peers and chosen by a judging committee, based on criteria established for each award.

    “Such critical work is being done by Prosperity Indiana members and partner organizations across the state to strengthen our communities. As a result, the list of nominees for this year's Prosperity Indiana awards was extremely impressive," said Jessica Love, Executive Director for Prosperity Indiana. "It is an absolute honor to lift up the work of the four 2022 Prosperity Indiana Award recipients. The communities served by the winners, who are based in Bartholomew, Lake, Marion, and Miami Counties, are no doubt forever changed by the work of these individuals and programs.”

    Award winners include Janine Betsey, Eric A. Frey, II, Anna Schoon, and Prevent Pricks with ShipHappens.

    The Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award, sponsored by First Financial Bank and co-presented with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, distinguishes an individual who has exhibited exceptional advocacy to further support the community economic development industry. 

    Presented to: Janine Betsey, Gene B. Glick Company

    Described as a visionary leader who has convened multidimensional partnerships and led redevelopment efforts, Janine Betsey has been a stalwart leader in serving disadvantaged communities, developing dynamic affordable housing projects, and implementing economic development initiatives that have transformed neighborhoods and improved residents’ quality of life. 

    Known for inspiring female developers and developers of color, her motto that “There is no crying in community development” has pushed others in the field to navigate difficult projects and other career challenges to improve their trajectory going forward. 

    In her new role as the Director of Tax Credit Operations for Gene B. Glick Company, Betsey is working for an organization with thousands of affordable housing units in areas of high opportunity, like those her own family sought out for her as a child. In her new role managing Glick’s affordable housing efforts, she has a key opportunity to preserve and enhance these units, so that they may serve generations to come.

    Other Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award nominees include:

    • Kyle Bach, The Annex Group

    • Stephen Camilleri, Center for the Homeless

    • Moira Carlstedt, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

    • Robin Hilber, City of Columbus - Department of Community Development

    • Denise Koebcke, The Caring Place

    • Marco J. Mariani, South Bend Heritage Foundation

    • Matt Meyers, Bartholomew County Sheriff

    • Richard Proctor III, Indy Gateway

    The John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, is designed to celebrate outstanding leaders in the field of rural community economic development.

    Presented to: Eric A. Frey, II, Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corporation

    With more than 28 years of experience in the acquisition and administration of federal, state, and private grant programs in rural communities, Eric Frey knows the ins and outs of Community Development Block Grant program administration and how to lead industrial and economic development, housing rehabilitation, and capital improvements projects, and commercial, industrial and microenterprise lending programs.

    Described as someone who is always finding creative ways to reach the end goal, Frey is said to have helping people at the heart of his leadership. And while he tries to stay in the shadows, as executive director of Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corporation and Administrative Resources association in Columbus, Frey is known for orchestrating the right people at the right time to reach the goal at hand.

    Other Rural Development Leadership Award nominees include:

    • Kyle Bach, The Annex Group

    • Bo Beaulieu, Purdue University

    • G. Dean Byers, Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County

    • Anna Schoon, Northwest Indiana Community Action

    The Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award, sponsored by Brightpoint, recognizes the outstanding professional leadership and commitment of a staff person working for a community economic development organization.

    Presented to: Anna Schoon, Northwest Indiana Community Action

    Anna Schoon is an expert in Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, a Certified Community Action Professional, a Results Oriented Management and Accountability trainer, a leader of poverty simulations, creator and organizer for the Reimagine Conference focused on ACEs, and the lead staff person for a variety of programs at the Northwest Indiana Community Action agency, or NWICA. Through her role as VP of Planning & Business Development, she is known for actively planning, collaborating, and developing opportunities across NWICA’s multi-county service territory to better lives for those in the most populated and most rural areas within Indiana.

    Schoon has spent more than 20 years “working with low-income and socially diverse populations to help them develop economic stability via opportunities for housing and employment. And she weaves advocacy in all of her actions, and it is her actions that make the impact,” according to her nomination.

    Other Staff Member of the Year nominees include:

    • Erin Emerson, Perry County Development Corporation

    • Rob Evans, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

    • Nicholas Hunot, Renew Indianapolis

    • Pablo Malavenda, Lafayette Urban Ministry

    • Natalie Powell, Hoosier Uplands EDC

    • Aaron Roberts, Ivy Tech-Indianapolis/Noblesville

    The Key Award for Supportive Services Program of the Year, sponsored by Merchants Bank of Indiana, honors excellence and innovation in a service-oriented (non-construction) community development initiative. 

    Presented to: Prevent Pricks with ShipHappens

    A volunteer-led, community-based initiative, the winning program increases health and safety while reducing stigma and discrimination. It raises public awareness and acceptance of evidence-based harm reduction principles, policies, and programs among public health and health care systems, local government, and the general public. 

    Prevent Pricks is designed to be equitable and inclusive of all syringe-using residents: meaning people with chronic diseases, those in need of hormone or vitamin deficiency injections, and people who use drugs. 

    Since launching the syringe disposal pilot program in October 2020, the program has eliminated accidental needle pricks of City and County Street Department workers in Miami County and Peru, Indiana, saving the $500-$4000 it costs to treat a single needlestick injury, and the program has seen a 29 percent decrease in improper syringe disposal calls to the Peru Police Department.

    Other Key Award nominees include:

    • Embedded Police Social Worker Program with the Bloomington Police Department

    • Eviction Prevention Program with the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana

    • Fort Wayne Cares-Emergency Rental Assistance Program with the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana Legal Services, Just Neighbors, Brightpoint, Catholic Charities, and Lutheran Social Services

    • Permanent Supportive Housing with Horizon House

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      About Prosperity Indiana

      The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana’s network has grown to nearly 200 organizations, representing thousands of practitioners statewide from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    • 08 Dec 2021 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      December 8, 2021

      Contact: Rita O’Donohue | (317) 222-1221 x405 | rodonohue@prosperityindiana.org

      Announcing Candidates for Prosperity Indiana’s 2022 Annual Awards!

      INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Top community development leaders and programs across Indiana have been nominated for the prestigious Prosperity Indiana Awards. Winners have not been named and will be announced at the annual Prosperity Indiana Summit on February 17, 2022.

      The Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award, sponsored by First Financial Bank, and co-presented by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, distinguishes an individual who has exhibited exceptional advocacy to further support the community economic development industry. 

      Candidates:

      • Kyle Bach, The Annex Group

      • Janine Betsey, Gene B. Glick Company

      • Stephen Camilleri, The Center for the Homeless

      • Moira Carlstedt, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

      • Robin Hilber, City of Columbus - Department of Community Development

      • Denise Koebcke, The Caring Place

      • Marco J. Mariani, South Bend Heritage Foundation

      • Matt Meyers, Bartholomew County Sheriff

      • Richard Proctor III, Indy Gateway

      The John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award, presented by Fifth Third Bank, is designed to celebrate outstanding leaders in the field of rural community economic development.

      Candidates:

      • Kyle Bach, The Annex Group

      • Bo Beaulieu, Purdue University

      • G. Dean Byers, Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County

      • Eric A. Frey, II, Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corporation (SIHCDC)

      • Anna Schoon, Northwest Indiana Community Action

      The Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award, presented by Brightpoint, recognizes the outstanding professional leadership and commitment of a staff person working for a community economic development organization.

      Candidates:

      • Erin Emerson, Perry County Development Corporation

      • Rob Evans, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

      • Nicholas Hunot, Renew Indianapolis

      • Pablo Malavenda, Lafayette Urban Ministry

      • Natalie Powell, Hoosier Uplands EDC

      • Aaron Roberts, Ivy Tech-Indianapolis/Noblesville

      • Anna Schoon, Northwest Indiana Community Action

      The Key Award for Supportive Services Program of the Year, presented by Merchants Bank of Indiana, honors excellence and innovation in a service-oriented (non-construction) community development initiative. 

      Candidates:

      • Embedded Police Social Worker Program with the Bloomington Police Department

      • Eviction Prevention Program with the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana

      • Fort Wayne Cares-Emergency Rental Assistance Program with the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana Legal Services, Just Neighbors, Brightpoint, Catholic Charities, and Lutheran Social Services

      • Permanent Support Housing with Horizon House

      • Prevent Pricks with ShipHappens

      The 2022 Prosperity Indiana Summit is open to the public and centered on building relationships and an equitable economy through policy, programs, performance, and philanthropic investments. If you would like to attend the virtual event on February 17, 2022, please register at prosperityindiana.org/summit.

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      About Prosperity Indiana

      The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana’s network has grown to nearly 200 organizations, representing more than 1,000 practitioners statewide from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    • 26 Aug 2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      August 26, 2021

      Contact: Jessica Love, Executive Director, executivedirector@prosperityindiana.org

      Andrew Bradley, Policy Director, abradley@prosperityindiana.org, 317-222-1221 x403

      Prosperity Indiana Receives Grant to Strengthen Emergency Rental Assistance Programs in Indiana

      INDIANAPOLIS – Prosperity Indiana is pleased to announce an award totaling $80,000 from National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) to support and strengthen emergency rental assistance programs in Indiana. Prosperity Indiana joins 27 state and local organizations selected for the NLIHC Ending Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) grantee cohort. The cohort will work to influence state and local emergency rental assistance (ERA) programs and ensure that ERA funds quickly reach the lowest-income and most marginalized people. The ERASE program seeks to ensure housing stability for the lowest-income renters in the short-term while building the framework for long-term sustainability.

      “This opportunity to bolster efforts to get emergency rental assistance out the door and to those who need it most comes at a critical time,” said Jessica Love, executive director for Prosperity Indiana. “The temporary extension of the CDC eviction moratorium gives us a brief window to help assess where the ERA programs are experiencing challenges. Then we can come alongside these programs to share best practices to target outreach, get landlords paid, keep people housed, and prevent evictions, even after the moratorium has been lifted.”

      Building off NLIHC’s ERASE call to action, grantees will work to:

      1. Influence state and local programs to accelerate the equitable use of funding
      2. Enable the adoption of eviction-prevention and diversion measures through policy reforms and/or judicial partnerships
      3. Encourage transparency through tracking program data, successes, and challenges

      Prosperity Indiana’s grant will add capacity for the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition to support and strengthen Indiana’s seven ERA programs. Specifically, the grant will support Prosperity Indiana’s work to implement the framework of the White House Eviction Prevention Summit’s Indianapolis working group to ensure equitable implementation of emergency rental assistance that can serve as a model to scale statewide. The participants in this working group will engage community stakeholders, including housing providers, public officials, low-income tenants, and Black, indigenous, and other people of color to implement a checklist to strengthen equitable marketing and targeting of ERA and other recovery programs to ensure outreach to the hardest hit communities. The group has prioritized reducing barriers for tenants and landlords to apply for and receive the maximum allowed amount of ERA funds in the shortest possible amount of time. The framework also includes actions to strengthen connections and coordination between court-based eviction diversion activities and the Emergency Rental Assistance program, exploring adding ERA program access points in courts during eviction proceedings to increase awareness and fast-track applications. Prosperity Indiana plans to use outcome data to ensure that the communities most at need are being served and the local effort in Indianapolis can be scaled to other ERA programs and courts statewide to help ensure no one is left out of a stronger and more equitable recovery for all Hoosiers. 

      Love said, “A lot is at stake here. Not only do we want to see communities maximize the short-term assistance being made available to respond to the crisis, but we also want to help state and local policymakers reimagine the policy infrastructure that is driving our broader response to housing needs. If we can help strengthen partnerships among community partners through this process, we’ll be better prepared to address any other current or future challenges our state might face.”

      In addition to Prosperity Indiana, the ERASE grantees are:

      • Housing Network of Rhode Island
      • Housing Action IL
      • Chicago Anti Eviction Campaign
      • Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
      • United Community Housing Coalition, MI
      • Richland Library, Columbia, SC
      • Dataworks NC
      • Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy
      • Nebraska Housing Developers Association
      • Hope Enterprise Corporation, MS
      • Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
      • Byrd Barr Place Seattle
      • Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky
      • CT Fair Housing Center
      • Hawai'i Appleseed
      • Texas Housers
      • Florida Housing Coalition
      • Miami Workers Center
      • Housing and Counseling Service of DC
      • Empower DC
      • Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc.
      • Minnesota Housing Partnership
      • Utah Housing Coalition
      • Alaska Coalition to End Homelessness
      • Housing Alliance PA
      • HousingLOUISIANA

      Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has used its broad membership base to help Hoosiers meet their basic needs, preserve and expand affordable housing, and connect individuals and families to education, employment, and economic opportunity. The organization is known for its role as a convener and advocacy voice in Indiana’s community development landscape and has established its presence as an authority on housing and community development policy.

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      About Prosperity Indiana

      The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to nearly 200 members from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

      About the National Low Income Housing Coalition

      Founded in 1974, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone. NLIHC’s goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low income housing policy.


    • 20 Jul 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      July 20, 2021

      Contact: Andrew Bradley, Prosperity Indiana, (317) 222-1221 x403, abradley@prosperityindiana.org Nia Bolden, Center for Community Progress, (877) 542-4842 x153, nbolden@communityprogress.org

      National Land Bank Leader Selects Prosperity Indiana to Join First Cohort of Scholarship Winners

      INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) announced today the first cohort of competitively selected scholarship winners, including Prosperity Indiana, through their new Land Bank Incubator Scholarship Program.

      The program, made possible by generous support from Arnold Ventures, provides free technical assistance, valued at up to $75,000, to local and state leaders who seek to create new land banks and pilot innovative land bank practices in the face of emerging challenges to our communities and neighborhoods triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

      “The Great Recession proved that land banks are an innovative, impactful tool for virtually any community and can play a central role in repairing our neighborhoods through equitable, inclusive development that uplifts all people,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins, President and CEO for Community Progress.

      These scholarships will help grow land banks across the country, ensuring that more communities are prepared to respond to and eliminate vacancy resulting from both historic challenges and the unprecedented pandemic. “We are excited to begin our partnership with Prosperity Indiana, working with local and state leaders that support our shared goal of utilizing land banks to advance an equitable recovery for all,” said Watkins.

      “We’re fortunate in Indiana that we already have land bank enabling legislation, but our law needs some work for communities to maximize the benefits of this vital redevelopment tool. In light of the economic implications of COVID-19, we simply cannot afford to wait any longer to address the limitations in our state code,” said Jessica Love, executive director for Prosperity Indiana.

      The national experts from Community Progress will work with Prosperity Indiana and stakeholders from across the state to identify and develop legislative reforms to optimize existing, but limiting, state-enabling land bank legislation so land banks can become a powerful tool to support equitable recovery efforts in communities across the great state of Indiana. The scholarship provides up to 200 hours of expert, technical support at no cost to Prosperity Indiana, as well as a small local grant for inclusive community engagement. The work will begin in July 2021 and continue through the first quarter of 2022.

      “Thanks to the opportune timing of Community Progress’ technical assistance program, we’re looking forward to having recommended language ready before the General Assembly reconvenes in 2022 to address our land banking law’s various impediments,” said Love.

      Prosperity Indiana has already formed a diverse and inclusive coalition of local, regional, and state leaders to ensure the proposed improvements meet the needs of urban, suburban, and rural communities across the state, one of the key reasons why the organization’s scholarship application was so competitive.

      In addition to Prosperity Indiana, the first cohort of scholarship winners also includes the following:

      • Central Illinois Land Bank Authority
      • City of Montgomery, AL
      • Redevelopment Authority for the City of Meadville, PA

      The Growing Land Bank Need in the Face of COVID-19

      Since 2010, approximately 200 land banks have launched across the United States, largely as a response to the Great Recession’s destabilizing impacts to neighborhoods all across this country, which brings the total of land banks in operation across the country to nearly 250. Land banks are special entities, created by state legislation, that are granted unique legal powers to effectively tackle vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties consistent with community priorities. These governmental entities—operating across diverse geographies like Toledo, OH, Omaha, NE, Houston, TX, Huntington, WV, and rural counties in NY—have proven to be effective tools for communities facing widespread vacancy stemming from economic crises, natural disasters, or other disruptive events.

      Today, another national crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, is not only threatening public health, but also disrupting real estate markets, household security, and neighborhood vitality—and doing so with a disproportionate impact on communities of color.  Over the next few years, it is expected that state and local leaders will again turn to land banks to help minimize the harms of vacant, distressed properties and to assist in an equitable recovery.

      The Land Bank Incubator Scholarship Program is a proactive effort to fill a critical need at a critical time.

      As America’s leading organization helping communities address systemic vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration, Community Progress has led a number of initiatives to further one of the fastest growing community development tools, land banks. Those efforts include producing the seminal publications on land banks for the field of practice, collaborating to garner support for the National Land Bank Network Act, and helping develop land bank enabling legislation in 15 states. 

      About the Scholarships: Helping High-Need, Limited Resource Communities

      The new Land Bank Incubator Scholarship Program supports growing the number of land banks across the country, driving transformative and innovative land bank practices in the face of emerging challenges to our communities and neighborhoods triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. A national, competitive program open to eligible applicants from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, the initiative’s three primary objectives are to:

      1. Expand the number of land banks in states that already have state enabling land bank legislation;
      2. Help local and/or state partners design and adopt new state enabling land bank legislation where no state law currently exists; and
      3. Help local and/or state partners reform and optimize their state’s existing enabling land bank legislation.

      Communities interested in launching new land banks or seeking to advance optimal statewide land bank legislation are invited to learn more at https://www.communityprogress.net/land-bank-incubator-scholarship-pages-594.php.

      For interviews or more information on the Land Bank Incubator Scholarships, email info@communityprogress.org or call (877) 542-4842.

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      About the Center for Community Progress

      Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the national leader for building strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. Today, Community Progress has affected change in more than 48 states and 300 communities through leadership education and advancing local and state reforms to systems, policies, and practices with a focus on racial equity. Simply, we work to transform “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.”  For more information, visit www.communityprogress.org.

      About Arnold Ventures

      Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

      We are a team of more than 90 subject-matter experts headquartered in Houston with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. We work in four key issue areas: Criminal Justice, Education, Health, and Public Finance. Our work is guided by Evidence-Based Policy, Research, and Advocacy. For more information, visit www.arnoldventures.org

      About Prosperity Indiana

      Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to nearly 200 members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

    • 17 May 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      May 17, 2021

      Contact: Jessica Love | (317) 222-1221 x402 | jlove@prosperityindiana.org

      Prosperity Indiana Receives $50k from First Financial for Capacity Building

      INDIANAPOLIS – Prosperity Indiana is pleased to leverage a $50,000 grant from the First Financial Foundation and First Financial Bank (Nasdaq: FFBC) to support community-based organizations seeking to expand affordable housing and services across the Hoosier state. The grant will specifically underwrite Prosperity Indiana’s capacity building work with community economic development practitioners throughout Indiana.

      “Working through Prosperity Indiana gives us a channel to invest in Indiana neighborhoods in a way that will give more individuals equal access to resources and opportunity,” said Roddell McCullough, director of community development for First Financial Bank. “First Financial exists to be woven into the communities we serve, so we look forward to the impact this funding will make in those communities throughout the state.”

      As Indiana’s only cross-sector network for community development organizations, Prosperity Indiana builds capacity through cutting-edge training and consulting projects that nurture problem-solving, collaboration, and innovation skills. Through grant activities, Prosperity Indiana will strengthen the capacity of a wide variety of stakeholders dedicated to improving quality of life for the people and in the places that most need it. The ultimate goal of the program is to create economic resiliency for low- to moderate-income individuals. As Indiana communities rebuild post-pandemic, Prosperity Indiana has resolved to fortify the field’s ability to provide services and affordable housing with racial equity at the core of the work. Now is the time to consider new ways to bring about true organizational resilience that will lead to improved opportunities for the individuals and communities looking to rebuild in transformative ways in 2021 and beyond.

      “Resources for nonprofit capacity building are so limited, it’s always significant when we can secure funding to make training and consulting more accessible to our members and partners. But in light of the pandemic and its impact on the level of need to provide affordable housing and family resiliency services, an award of this size from First Financial feels momentous,” said Jessica Love, executive director of Prosperity Indiana.

      Grant funds are currently supporting the Changing4Good webinar series, Prosperity Indiana’s first major training installment of the year. The Changing4Good series will empower individuals to develop adaptive and technical solutions to meet post-pandemic challenges facing their organization and community. With support from First Financial, Prosperity Indiana is now able to make the Changing4Good webinar series free to anyone wishing to attend. Registration is now open. The First Financial grant will also support the upcoming Prosperity Indiana Real Estate Development Academy and other training and consulting related to industry-specific technical and adaptive challenges and expertise.

      “With support from leaders in the Hoosier state such as First Financial, we look forward to continuing and expanding our support to the individuals, organizations and communities doing the hard work of strengthening our communities in equitable ways.”

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      About Prosperity Indiana

      Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to nearly 200 members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

      About First Financial Bancorp.

      First Financial Bancorp. is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had $16.2 billion in assets, $9.9 billion in loans, $12.6 billion in deposits and $2.3 billion in shareholders' equity. The Company's subsidiary, First Financial Bank, founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its six lines of business: Commercial, Retail Banking, Investment Commercial Real Estate, Mortgage Banking, Commercial Finance and Wealth Management. These business units provide traditional banking services to business and retail clients. Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $3.1 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2021. The Company operated 143 full service banking centers as of March 31, 2021, primarily in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois, while the Commercial Finance business lends into targeted industry verticals on a nationwide basis. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations, is available at www.bankatfirst.com.

    • 17 Mar 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      March 17, 2021

      CONTACT: Jessica Love | (317) 222-1221 x402| jlove@prosperityindiana.org

      Prosperity Indiana Grows Team to Expand Capacity Building Resources, Programs

      INDIANAPOLIS – Prosperity Indiana is excited to announce that Marie Beason has joined the PI team as Capacity Building Director. In this role, she will utilize her skills in training and community development to strengthen pathways to prosperity for Indiana families, communities and the organizations that serve them. Another exciting update is that Teresa Reimschisel is moving to a full-time role as Operations & Special Projects Manager.


      Beason’s deep roots in community-based programming began with her work as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) and grew throughout her career leading philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Prosperity Indiana, Beason operated a consulting practice helping nonprofit clients conceptualize strategies, assess programs and implement recommended action plans to achieve organizational success. Prior to consulting, Beason served as Director of Professional Development for the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, where she led organizational development efforts on behalf of Indiana’s philanthropic sector.

      Beason said, “My career in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership has solidified my belief that social change is best achieved through a symbiotic relationship between policy, programs and philanthropy. Prosperity Indiana and its members serve vital roles within this triangle of change, and I am excited to help PI grow and build the capacity of its members.”

      As Operations & Special Projects Manager, Reimschisel will maintain, evaluate and enhance day-to-day operational processes and organizational impact reporting. She will also support creation and expansion efforts of PI’s signature programs. With previous experience in management, classroom and individual instruction and advocacy, Reimschisel enjoys connecting organizations with resources that will multiply their impact.

      Reimschisel said, “My background in higher education administration and years of community volunteerism combine to give me a profound appreciation for the work PI and our members do every day. I look forward to expanding our internal capacity and getting to know our members and partners better.”

      Prosperity Indiana is excited to welcome Beason and Reimschisel as full-time “Pieces of the PI.”

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      About Prosperity Indiana

      The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to nearly 200 members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

    • 10 Feb 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      February 10, 2021

      Prosperity Indiana and Indiana United Ways Release Shelter from the Storm

      Today, Indiana United Ways and Prosperity Indiana are pleased to co-release Shelter from the Storm: How Avoiding a COVID-19 Eviction Crisis Helps All Hoosiers. This report is the result of a months-long roundtable of stakeholders from across the housing sector to address the public health and economic threats from pandemic-related housing instability. Participants included representatives from Indiana’s housing developers, multifamily and affordable housing providers, advocates from community economic development, antipoverty, homelessness and domestic violence prevention organizations, as well as representatives from the legal and public health sector and from Indiana’s courts, family services, and housing agencies.

      Roundtable participants came together to discuss how COVID-19 housing instability affects public health and economic impacts for the state’s providers, residents, and communities. Experts from the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State, Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and IU Public Policy Institute contributed presentations to help participants create recommendations for Indiana to take next steps. While resources, data, and presentations from the roundtable are reflected in the report, contributions do not imply organizational endorsement of any specific topics or involvement in next steps.

      Throughout the roundtable, participants also contributed to a series of surveys that revealed a great deal of consensus about the threats of COVID-19 housing instability in Indiana, including:

      • 84% percent of roundtable participants reported that the public health threat from COVID-19 evictions is a high or medium priority;
      • 92% of participants reported that the overall financial impact of COVID-19 evictions to Indiana’s economy is a high or medium priority; and
      • 92% of participants rated the issue of rental assistance not getting to where it is needed most as a high or medium priority for the state to address.

      While agreeing that more work needs to be done, roundtable participants coalesced on three broad recommendations for Indiana to take necessary next steps to avoid a COVID-19 housing stability crisis:

      • Emergency next steps include making more rental assistance available and incorporating landlord and tenant input into the design and outreach of any future rental assistance.
      • Additional data collection is needed to assist with understanding the risk of evictions, assistance needs and filings/evictions, including learning more about the specific needs of smaller ‘mom and pop’ landlords.
      • More partnerships, education, and outreach is needed, and Indiana should partner with providers and community-based organizations to help rental assistance reach the renters who need the assistance most.

      In addition to these broad recommendations, co-conveners Indiana United Ways and Prosperity Indiana believe the release of this report coincides with a critical opportunity for Indiana’s policymakers to take immediate steps to improve housing stability. The state of Indiana and several localities will soon receive $448 million in new federal emergency rental and utility assistance. Ensuring this new assistance reaches the residents, properties, and communities who need it most embodies the greatest areas of consensus among roundtable participants.

      This report and recommendations are by no means the last word on COVID-19 evictions and housing instability in Indiana. Instead, the roundtable is intended to model the kind of robust policy conversation and guidance for Indiana’s policymakers to use to make immediate progress, even as additional discussions and work are needed.

      Sincerely,


      Jessica Love                                        Maureen Noe

      Executive Director                             President/CEO

      Prosperity Indiana                             Indiana United Ways

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      About Indiana United Ways

      Indiana United Ways is the state association for United Ways in Indiana that supports thriving United Ways through capacity building, shared services, and partnering. Visit iuw.org to learn more.

      About Prosperity Indiana

      The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to nearly 200 organization and individual members, representing thousands of practitioners statewide from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    • 02 Feb 2021 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      February 2, 2021

      Contact: Natalie James | (317) 222-1221 x406 | njames@prosperityindiana.org  

      Prosperity Indiana selected as one of 8 new State Grantees to national Opportunity Starts at Home campaign

      INDIANAPOLIS – Prosperity Indiana is pleased to announce that it has been selected to join a cohort of eight state-based organizations each to receive a $50,000 grant for the Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) national multisector affordable homes campaign. Prosperity Indiana will use the funding to expand the capacity of its ongoing OSAH activities and to diversify Indiana’s state housing coalition to include new partners from the health, civil rights, and economic opportunity sectors. These multi-sector partnerships will be leveraged to engage Indiana’s federal elected officials to enact policies which correct longstanding racial inequities and expand affordable housing for the nation’s lowest income people.

      The grantees were selected through a highly competitive proposal process and will be formally recognized as state affiliates of the national campaign, as well as gain access to resources, multi-sector networks, and technical assistance from the national campaign.  Each applicant demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing federal affordable housing solutions for the lowest income people, amplifying racial equity, and expanding partnerships to different sectors.  In addition to Prosperity Indiana, the grantees are:

      “Not only is it critical for Congress to hear from national advocates, but also from their own constituents in the states they represent,” said Mike Koprowski, National Director of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign.  “Prosperity Indiana will be a critical partner in helping the campaign achieve its goals.  To be sure, the housing crisis cannot be solved without stronger federal action. And we are more likely to build the necessary political will in Congress when an array of sectors are standing shoulder-to-shoulder demanding solutions, rather than just housing advocates alone.”   

      In addition to this new cohort of grantees, the campaign also has previously established partnerships with Housing California, Maine Together, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, Housing Network of Rhode Island, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, Oregon Housing Alliance, and Utah Housing Coalition.

      “We are proud to join this cohort of leaders in affordable housing advocacy from across the country and thankful for the resources that will accompany this designation,” said Jessica Love, Executive Director of Prosperity Indiana. “The multi-sector strategy to engage our federal delegation embraced by Opportunity Starts at Home is a natural fit with the way we like to get things done in the Hoosier state. And so, as we move from COVID recovery to rebuilding, the timing seems right to start pulling together new partners to ensure increased options for housing stability are created for those who need it most.”

      Follow Prosperity Indiana’s housing initiatives, including OSAH, through Housing4Hoosiers.org and on Twitter and Facebook. Follow the national Opportunity Starts at Home campaign on Twitter and sign up for its e-newsletter to get the latest updates about the campaign, including new partners, calls to action, events, and research.

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      About Prosperity Indiana

      The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to nearly 200 organization and individual members, representing thousands of practitioners statewide from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    • 23 Dec 2020 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      December 23, 2020

      Contact: Rita O’Donohue | (317) 222-1221 x405 | rodonohue@prosperityindiana.org  

      Announcing Candidates for Prosperity Indiana’s 2021 Summit Awards!

      INDIANAPOLIS – Top community development leaders and programs across Indiana have been nominated for the prestigious Prosperity Indiana Awards. Winners have not been named and will be announced at the annual Prosperity Indiana Summit on January 13-14, 2021.

      The Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award, presented by First Financial Bank, distinguishes an individual who has exhibited exceptional advocacy to further support the community economic development industry. 

      Candidates:

      • Joe Bowling, Englewood Community Development Corporation

      • Timothy Eckerle, Grant County Economic Growth Council

      • Jennifer Layton, LTHC Homeless Services

      • Austin Maxheimer, Community One

      • Annette Phillips, PathStone Corporation

      The Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award, presented by Brightpoint,  recognizes the outstanding professional leadership and commitment of a staff person working for a community economic development organization.

      Candidates:

      • Anthony Bridgeman, PNC Bank

      • Serita Cabell, Memorial Community Development Corporation

      • Courtney Goodwyn, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation

      • Eric Ogle, Office of Community and Rural Affairs

      • Travis Richards, Jay County Community Development Corporation

      • Emily Scott, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

      The Key Award for Supportive Services Program of the Year, presented by Merchants Bank of Indiana, honors excellence and innovation in a service-oriented (non-construction) community development initiative. 

      Candidates:

      • Digital Ready Businesses Program, Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue Extension Community Development

      • The Excel Center, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana

      • Homelessness and Housing Resource Team, Adult & Child Health

      • Kendallville Restorations, Inc.

      • LTHC Homeless Services

      • Maggie Bag Project, Stability First

      • Project Home Indy

      • Second Helpings


      The John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award, presented by Fifth Third Bank, is designed to celebrate outstanding leaders in the field of rural community economic development.

      Candidates:

      • Alex Cornwell, The Waynedale News

      • Charyl Luth, Affordable Housing Association of Indiana

      • September McConnell, Community Foundation of Whitley County, Inc.

      The 2021 Prosperity Indiana Summit theme is centered on racial equity and inclusion, and the event is open to the public. Register at prosperityindiana.org/summit.

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      About Prosperity Indiana

      The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development d/b/a Prosperity Indiana builds a better future for our communities by providing advocacy, leveraging resources, and engaging an empowered network of members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana has grown to nearly 200 organization and individual members, representing thousands of practitioners statewide from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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