• Caulk of the Town
    Caulk of the Town

    Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25!

    NEAR is bringing back Caulk of the Town, a community-wide home weatherization event. It’s neighbors caring for neighbors, neighborhoods, and housing. We’re looking for volunteer teams to come together, roll up your sleeves, and weatherize a Near Eastside home.

    View (and print or share) our Caulk of the Town Information Sheet.

    Interested in sponsoring? We are currently seeking sponsors and in-kind supplies. View our Caulk of the Town sponsorship opportunities and then contact Melissa Benton.

    Interested in volunteering? Click here to download the volunteer form, or submit online here.

    Interested in having your home considered for this weatherization event? Click here to download the homeowner form, or submit online here.

    All completed forms should be sent to Melissa Benton.

  • Welcome Home Program
    Welcome Home Program

    Our flagship program continues to provide home ownership opportunities in the Near East. We have renovated and sold 26 homes to homeowners. Another 32 homes were renovated and sold to the Boner Center for their Centennial Homes rental program for low-income neighbors.

    Thanks to renewed funding and partnerships with the City of Indianapolis and State Farm Insurance, we will be renovating 14 more homes in the coming year.

  • Homesteading Program
    Homesteading Program

    NEAR has partnered with our neighbors to the south, SEND, to create and launch a Homesteading Program here in the Near East. This program helps lower- and middle-income individuals or families to purchase an abandoned or vacant house and renovate it over the span of 1-2 years. After the home is renovated, participants live in the house for at least five years, after which, up to $15,000 in loans taken out to purchase and renovate the home are forgiven.

    If you’re interested in taking part in this program, contact Melissa Benton. We can help you identify potential properties and begin the process of purchasing your new home.

  • Industrial Space Reuse
    Industrial Space Reuse

    We have begun working with numerous city, funding, and programming partners to envision creative ways to reinvest and reuse in a number of industrial spaces on the Near Eastside, including Sherman Park, Ruby Park, and the Mass Ave./Brookside Drive industrial corridor. This would amount to the redevelopment of more than 250 acres of brownfields throughout our community.

  • Homeowner Repair
    Homeowner Repair

    NEAR can provide limited resources in the form of a low-interest loan (attached as a lien) for homeowner repair.  We focus on owner-occupied homes in the Near East area. NEAR works with two partner nonprofit organizations, Riley Area Development Corporation and Englewood Community Development Corporation, in this initiative.

  • Housing & Infrastructure Survey
    Housing & Infrastructure Survey

    Over the last several months, we have engaged residents to help us complete our Near Eastside Housing & Infrastructure Survey. This maps the condition of every street in our community, from broken sidewalks to vacant properties.

    We will use this survey, along with the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan, to prioritize and complete improvements throughout our community.