• 30 Oct 2017 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) seeks a full-time Fair Housing Test Coordinator. Responsibilities include recruitment, training, and coordination of FHCCI part-time testers; investigation of discrimination in housing in violation of fair housing laws; outreach and public education; and preparation of reports. 

    Attention to detail, accuracy, and organization skills a must. Must have ability to work successfully with others. Must be able to work independently as well as know when to seek guidance. Must be able to complete detailed report analysis and provide positive mentoring to fair housing testers. Must have the capacity to speak in public to conduct effective trainings for testers. Spanish speaking a plus. Must have reliable transportation. Due to federal grant requirements, this position requires a criminal background check and assurance of no conflicts related to litigation based needs. 

     To learn more about the position, view the detailed job description [PDF].

    To apply for this position:

    • Submit a cover letter of no more than one page explaining your interest and any other information not included elsewhere.
    • Submit a detailed resume of current and past positions, time worked, and duties thereof.
    • Submit a writing sample of one page describing what fair housing means to you.
    • Submit contact information for three professional references.
    • Documents submitted should be in pdf format.

    Applications will ONLY be considered if all the above items are received. Email your completed application with the subject title "Fair Housing Test Coordinator" to the attention of Amy Nelson, Executive Director, at anelson@fhcci.org.

  • 25 Oct 2017 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis needs the expertise and perspectives of Prosperity Indiana members and partners to help shape the 2017 edition of the Community Development Outlook Survey of low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities.

    The Bank is looking for a strong response from Indiana to ensure good data representing our state.  Prosperity Indiana members and partners are on the frontline working with low and moderate income communities. Your expertise is necessary for perspective. Please share 5-10 minutes to help enrich the data for this online survey?

    The information you provide will help inform the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank and its branches in Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis about the current conditions of LMI communities across Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. In addition, survey results are shared with other community development practitioners and stakeholders like yourself, as well as policymakers in your communities and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

    Individual or organizational identification will be scrubbed for anonymity. Collectively, responses will be published as data for the entire Bank district, state-level data, sector-level data, and sample/abbreviated answers to open-ended responses. Results will be posted online at the St. Louis Fed's Community Development website and shared in communities across the region. To view the 2016 report, click here.

    Take the survey now.

  • 23 Oct 2017 11:19 AM | Deleted user

    The City of Greencastle is seeking a City Planning Director to serve as staff person to the Greencastle Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Technical Review Committee; code enforcement official for the City of Greencastle in regards to property maintenance complaints and unsafe buildings; liaison between developers/contractors/design professionals and the City of Greencastle in matters of site development and building; and representative of the City Planning Department at various board meetings.

    A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, engineering, geography, public policy or related field is required and a minimum 3-5 years of experience in urban planning is preferred. Experience in preparing and presenting reports and proposals as well as administering public meetings is also desirable.

    See the full job description and qualifications here: https://www.indianaplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Planner-JobDesc.-lrh-102017.doc

    Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Mayor William A. Dory, Jr., City of Greencastle, P.O. Box 607, Greencastle, IN, 46135; or email to Linda Huber at lhuber@cityofgreencastle.com or fax to 765-653-8707

    Applications due no later than Friday, November 3, 2017. 

  • 09 Oct 2017 3:54 PM | Deleted user

    Update 10/9/2017:

    Prosperity Indiana's policy team joined faith-based, veterans and consumer advocates as well as a former payday lending client for a press call on the release of the new CFPB rule. Representatives spoke in favor of the rule, but noted that the CFPB did not have the authority to change the cost of payday loans. They called on Indiana lawmakers to take further action to lower the interest rate. 

    10/6/2017:  On October 5, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a finalized new rule aimed at reducing predatory lending through regulations that protect consumers from payday debt traps. The CFPB came to its decision after five years of research and outreach to organizations across the country. The rule was first proposed in June of 2016 and Prosperity Indiana subsequently submitted comments to the CFPB after receiving feedback from state and national partners.

    The new rule seeks to put in place protections that cover payday, auto title, and balloon pay-day loans. These loans are typically for two to four weeks, and endanger the financial well-being of consumers because of their high interest rates and tendency to be lent to individuals who are not able to pay back the loan in the allotted time. Prosperity Indiana commented in 2016 that:

    Payday lenders already charge Hoosiers rates as high as 382% on a $300, two-week loan. This is especially problematic for low-income households, amongst whom these loans have become pervasive in their use in Indiana. Nationally, the payday lending usage rate is 5.5%, compared to Indiana, which has a significantly higher usage rate of 9%.”

    The rule issued by the CFPB includes the following provisions:

    Full - payment test: Requirement that lenders must determine if the consumer can afford the loan. Prosperity Indiana commented in 2016 that the full-payment test is the most crucial component of the rule, especially the cooling-off period. The new rule will cap the amount of subsequent loans at 3. Prosperity Indiana previously noted that over 80% of payday loans are followed by repeat loans, and 15% of payday loans are a part of a sequence of loans that is at least ten loans long.

    Principal payoff option for short term loans: Allows consumers to take out a loan of up to $500 without the full payment test if the loan allows the borrower to get out of debt in a more efficient way. Debt traps are prevented under this provision by not allowing loans to be distributed to borrowers with outstanding recent short-term loans or balloon payment-loans. The cooling off period still applies.

    Debit attempt cutoff: Prosperity Indiana commented in 2016 that withdrawal limits and notification requirements are essential to protect consumers. A debit cutoff will be implemented for loans with an annual percentage rate of over 36 percent. Lenders must give consumers notice before making a debit attempt at an irregular interval or amount after two unsuccessful attempts. This provision will protect consumers from unanticipated payments, or fees incurred from returned payments for insufficient funds.


    The new CFPB rule will take effect 21 months after it is published in the Federal Register. Although the current rule does not address all of Prosperity Indiana’s concerns, it is a step in the right direction which will mitigate the burden that predatory loans have on Hoosiers, including the reduction of the $70.6 million in interest payments on payday lending spent in 2011 alone.


    If you are interested in viewing Prosperity Indiana’s comments on the then proposed CFPB rule in 2016 please visit: http://iaced.sitepotion.com/2016/10/iaced-submits-comments-on-cfpb-proposed-payday-lending-rule, and https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/cfpb-finalizes-rule-stop-payday-debt-traps/ to view the CFPB’s ruling.

  • 22 Sep 2017 1:14 PM | Deleted user

    Prosperity Indiana is seeking to fill two positions: an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator and a part-time Administrative Assistant. 

    The AmeriCorps Program Coordinator is responsible for managing all of the program components necessary for carrying out the objectives, policies and procedures of the Indiana Financial Capability Corps program and working with the Training Director to facilitate professional development opportunities for the AmeriCorps members. The position requires statewide travel and reports to the Associate Executive Director. 

    The position of Administrative Assistant also reports to the Associate Executive Director and supports the Prosperity Indiana staff with tasks that build the capacity of Prosperity Indiana, its members, and partners. The position will provide administrative support for the organization and Prosperity Indiana’s training program. The successful candidate will be customer service-oriented, write well and communicate effectively, and understand bookkeeping. Attention to detail and accuracy are a must in order to successfully juggle and accomplish multiple tasks. 

    For more details, click to see the full job descriptions:



    Interested in joining our team?

    E-mail and/or mail resume, cover letter, and references to:

    Jessica Love, Associate Executive Director, jlove@prosperityindiana.org
    Prosperity Indiana
    202 East Market Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • 20 Sep 2017 4:53 PM | Deleted user

    On October 5 and 6, Indianapolis will host the Midwest Asset Building Conference. The Conference will convene asset building coalitions from five states in the Midwest—Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio—to learn about the challenges present in the asset building field and work toward identifying viable solutions. Fundamental to each challenge, from the small business credit gap to the pervasiveness of predatory financial practices to the racial wealth divide, is the objective to create and retain wealth.

    Wealth creation refers to the process of accumulating assets while wealth retention refers to the ability to maintain ownership of existing assets. Wealth creation and retention are both an individual phenomenon, e.g., an investor purchasing stock, as well as a community phenomenon, e.g., a major employer divesting itself from a community.

    A community-level example that has recently gained prominence in political discourse is the loss of manufacturing jobs in the rust-belt. Communities that were once vibrant manufacturing towns have felt the impact of employer divestment. The opioid crisis, which disproportionately affects rust-belt manufacturing communities, is one example of how loss of wealth destabilizes the economic well-being of families, as well as communities’ very social fabric. 

    The Conference will discuss these structural problems—three of which are the small business credit gap, predatory financial products and practices, and the racial wealth divide.

    Small businesses, which feel market swings more acutely than big businesses, are denied credit at a much higher rate. The credit gap is especially pronounced for minority-, women-, and rural-owned businesses—consequently, decreasing their opportunity to build wealth. 

    Predatory financial products and practices—from student loans to debt collection to payday loans—continue to strip wealth from families, and particularly from communities of color. Sixty percent of payday loan borrowers in Indiana take out a new loan the day they pay off the old loan, which pushes borrowers into a debt trap that impacts the entire state’s economy. In Indiana, payday loans drain an estimated $70 million from the economy each year. 

    In America, the typical white family holds 16 times more wealth than the typical black family. The racial wealth divide is a consequence of wealth-building policies that were designed to disadvantage people of color. As America moves toward becoming a majority-minority nation, the racial wealth divide worsens the political and economic outcomes for the entire country.

    So what’s a community development practitioner to do? 

    Attend the Midwest Asset Building Conference to find out! We’ll be discussing solutions—both universal and unique to the diverse communities in which we work, including:  

    ·         The benefits of the cooperative business model

    ·         Consumer protections and innovations in payday loan alternatives

    ·         Solutions to rectify the inequities implicit in past wealth-building policies

  • 15 Sep 2017 9:29 AM | Deleted user

    Is your community interested in local food as a tool for prosperity and resilience? Prosperity Indiana is proud to partner with Purdue Extension to sponsor the upcoming Indiana Food Summit on September 25-26 in Indianapolis. This event provides learning, networking and sharing opportunities for the people, communities and organizations working to create an Indiana food system that is more resilient, economically vibrant and diverse. 

    Prosperity Indiana staff will be participating on two different panel discussions. Kathleen Lara, Policy Director, will be a panelist on Engaging Your Elected Officials: How to tell your story and make it meaningful for our representatives, and Allyson Mitchell, Director of Sustainability, will be participating on the panel entitled Sustainability, Quality of Place, Economic Development and….Local Food?

     We hope Prosperity Indiana members will attend this event to learn more about how local food and community economic development are complementary. Register for the event by September 19 at this link

  • 01 Sep 2017 12:26 PM | Deleted user

    Hello Members,

    My name is Matt Watkins, and I recently began my policy internship with Prosperity Indiana. I am currently a Junior at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) studying Civic Leadership and Policy Studies within the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). I pursued an internship with Prosperity Indiana because I share the organizations fundamental belief in the importance of community and I want to contribute to the advancement of policies that promote economic development and upward social mobility. After graduation, I plan to pursue further education and a subsequent career that focuses on public service work that promotes strong communities, as communities are the foundation of our society at large.  I am thrilled to work with you and on your behalf alongside Prosperity Indiana staff.

    A week into my internship, I had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting for the Indiana Coalition for Human Services (ICHS).  Prosperity Indiana is one of 28 ICHS member organizations utilizing the power of their collective impact to empower Hoosiers striving to reach their full potential.  I wanted to share a few key updates from that meeting that are particularly important to Prosperity Indiana’s members.

    Two speakers were featured at the event.  Tamara Fucile, the Director for Government Affairs for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, focused on federal budget updates and MaryBeth Musumeci, the Associate Director at the Program on Medicaid, and the Uninsured for the Kaiser Family Foundation, gave a federal Medicaid update.

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Key Points of Discussion

    • If the debt ceiling is not raised by September 29th, there is a potential for default. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, however, is calling for a “clean increase” – which means that there are not any additional provisions such as cuts to entitlement programs attached to the raise.  Ms. Fucile expressed that this move could help mitigate the potential for government default
    • It is expected that Congress will attempt to use the budget resolution process as a mechanism to pass tax reform, just as members of Congress attempted to do with the Affordable Care Act
    • Non-Defense discretionary spending is falling to relative historic lows

    Kaiser Family Foundation: Key Points of Discussion

    • Medicaid accounts for 57% of federal revenue for states, and reductions would have large budget implications
    • The uninsured rate has decreased everywhere, but especially in Medicaid expansion states
    • “All eyes are on Indiana” regarding state Medicaid waivers
    • Between 2005 and 2015, national opioid death rate increased from 5.1 to 10.4 per 100,000 people

    In addition to the presentations, ICHS leaders outlined coalition successes from the past year and previewed the work that lies ahead for 2018. Over the course of the past year, ICHS advanced legislation addressing suicide prevention and increased the number of social workers in Indiana by reforming social work licensing requirements. Additionally, ICHS members, including Prosperity Indiana, were able to prevent a bill that expanded payday lending in Indiana. Legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session include firearms regulation, defense for parents with children within the Department of Child Services system, nonprofit property tax exemption, and food deserts.

    The ICHS annual meeting was a great way for me to become more familiar with the work that Prosperity Indiana and our partners carry out. I was able to see how ICHS leveraged the power of their members to advance policy goals and legislation to improve the lives of Hoosiers throughout the state. I am looking forward to assisting Prosperity Indiana members and our policy team to do just that over the next three months. Please feel free to reach out to me at mwatkins@prosperityindiana.org.

  • 29 Aug 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Smaller post-industrial cities are taking strategic steps to regenerate by building on downtowns, capitalizing on a unique sense of place, and focusing on workforce development, according to a new report published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in partnership with the Greater Ohio Policy Center.

     The report, Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell, emphasizes how America’s smaller legacy cities – cities located primarily in the Midwest and Northeast with 30,000 to 200,000 residents and traditional economies built around manufacturing – have long been central to building American middle class prosperity.

    The Indiana cities of Gary, South Bend, and Muncie are highlighted for their strategies and the opportunities they are pursuing. This report lays out eight strategies that are helping to revitalize small and midsize legacy cities around the country. 

    These eight strategies include initiatives that organize neighbors and leadership, decide collectively on strategy, and build the capacity to execute. Regular blog readers familiar with the comprehensive community development strategies Prosperity Indiana advocates will recognize key themes in the reports strategies:

    • Build Civic Capacity and Talent
    • Encourage a Shared Vision
    • Expand Opportunities for Low-Income Workers
    • Build on an Authentic Sense of Place
    • Focus Regional Efforts on Rebuilding a Strong Downtown
    • Engage in Community and Strategic Planning
    • Stabilize Distressed Neighborhoods
    • Strategically Leverage State Policies

  • 23 Aug 2017 11:52 AM | Deleted user

    Because the opioid crisis has become such an epidemic that it must be tackled from multiple angles by a variety of stakeholders, InsightFormation is conducting a free webinar and tour of its online Opioid Coalition Resource Hub (OCRH), to which it is now providing free access. The OCRH was built using a cloud-based comprehensive strategy map to outline goals, strategies, action steps, and recommended measures for tackling what has now been deemed a national emergency. For more information on the OCRH system and the upcoming webinar being held at 11 am EDT, Tuesday, August 29, click here

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