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New affordable housing development coming to Indy's far-east side

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 04, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-04 23:14:31-05

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s no secret that the need for affordable housing is a big topic here in central Indianapolis, and one City County Councilor is hoping to add a new set of units in her district.

“There are a lot of empty lots, a lot of vacancy,” Regina Ayers said. According to the proposal, City County Councilor La Keisha Jackson is proposing a new affordable housing unit.

The proposed development located near 38th and German Church Road would include more than 200 units for low-and moderate-income residents that are restricted to age 55 and older.

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“My only fear is, we don’t want to bring in something else that could become potentially deplorable or neglected by landlords similar to other areas in our community,” Housing Advocate Dee Ross said.

Ross is in favor of the proposal but hopes the units are kept up. “Before we bring more affordable housing because its needed, we need to tighten up the broken screws first to make sure the landlord is a part of the beautification of our communities," Ross added.

For community members like Regina Ayers, she says investing in communities is a step in the right direction to improving the quality of life.

“We are getting ready to start there because if you see a lot of housing where there are vacancies because you know that people are being placed in those areas that are trying to get on their feet,” Ayers said.

"One of my top priorities as Councilor for the Far Eastside has been to prioritize initiatives aimed at providing affordable housing options, particularly for those who are most vulnerable, such as seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income families. Affordable housing is the foundation of thriving communities, and I am proud to support the City of Indianapolis entering into a PILOT for Sunspring Apartments given the current need in our city. Everyone deserves access to safe, decent, and affordable housing options.
Councilor La Keisha Jackson