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Indianapolis Recorder: Local nonprofit gets grant to do more home repairs for seniors, people with disabilities

Indianapolis Recorder, July 8, 2021, Local nonprofit gets grant to do more home repairs for seniors, people with disabilities

NeighborLink Indianapolis plans to double the number of homeowners it helps with repair projects by the end of the year, with a goal of working with 2,500 homeowners by 2030.

A study from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition released in June 2020 showed Indianapolis ranked No. 12 on the list of most intensely gentrifying cities in the U.S. from 2013 to 2017.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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