Affordable Housing & Support Services
We believe in the empowerment of low-income individuals and are confident that when people have a safe and stable place to live, they will have the security they need to focus on creating a healthy, thriving life for themselves and their families.
Our affordable housing programs range from affordable rental opportunities coupled with supportive services and homeownership programs to maintenance programs to a Land Trust.
Englewood CDC is focused on serving the Englewood neighborhood and ensuring that the people who lived here in the worst of times can thrive here in the best of times as well.
Englewood CDC has 164 units of affordable housing that serve 235 individuals. By 2024, the number of units will more than double to about 350 as we are facilitating more than $50 million worth of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing development around the Near Eastside.
Englewood CDC is an expert in every facet of affordable rental housing including permanent supportive housing. ECDC staff has deep experience in inclusive development, effective but gracious property management committed to eviction prevention, and support services staff focused on resident wellness and self-sufficiency.
We focus on:
- Permanent Supportive Housing
- Resident Wellness
- Community Land Trust
Our housing partners:
Englewood Christian Church, Horizon House, Noble of Indiana, Community Health Network, Living Word Baptist Church, Outreach Inc., Soma Church, Exodus Refugee, INHP, and Kheprw Institute
Permanent Supportive Housing
Our affordable housing program does more than provide safe and affordable housing for families. Supporting our vision of caring for all our neighbors, we have invested heavily in internal support services or, what we call, our Resident Wellness team members. Resident Wellness team members are responsible for connecting residents to a variety of services such as transportation, benefits assistance, and connections to other local resources and service providers such as medical and mental health care providers. One tool ECDC uses to ensure Resident Wellness is the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Assessment. SDoH means that many factors of a person determine overall health including employment, housing, education, social connections and capacity, transportation, childcare, and the location in which you live. Our staff work to assess with residents which areas they could use assistance in and these collective assessments among all residents helps us advocate on a larger scale for City-wide improvements for a predominantly low-income population.
Another important aspect of Resident Wellness work is eviction prevention – this is one of the main ways ECDC distinguishes itself in the way we do our work. Evictions can cause such detrimental effects to individuals’ ability to thrive and find housing in the future, some of the most critical work we do is ensure there are low to no evictions among our residents. On average among our properties, Englewood CDC only has to evict about 2% of residents and almost never for non-payment issues. We have the ability to work with residents and provide other supports and resources to ensure eviction is absolutely the last result.
When you compare affordable rent made available to our current residents to what they’d be charged in other housing, our efforts are also income support and economic mobility tools as approximately $1 million per year is directed towards residents.
Englewood CDC’s roots are in affordable home ownership. While our programs have expanded, we continue to connect neighbors to resources and services that aid in the purchase of a home or maintaining a home they currently own. For the purchase of a home, Englewood CDC partners with Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) to offer a wide variety of unique homeownership incentive programs. Englewood CDC has long provided opportunities for Owner Occupied Repair (relatively small improvements to homes of long-time residents). Englewood CDC does not currently have an in-house program for Owner Occupied Repair but can point interested individuals to other options.
Community Land Trust
Englewood CDC is working in partnership with Kheprw Institute, NEAR, the City, and other entities to establish Indianapolis’ first community land trust to preserve affordable housing across Indianapolis and provide more opportunities for low-income families and families of color to achieve homeownership. This tool, once deployed, will make a difference in assisting families now to buy a home and preserve that opportunity for low-income families in the future as well.
Englewood CDC Housing Resident Demographics
Total Residents: 235
Total Units: 164