Financial stability for individuals and families is critical on many levels, providing a sense that one can, at minimum, consistently provide shelter and food. A living wage is a determining factor of economic stability; it is a path to quality education that provides marketable skills. Owning a home is often considered a reflection of a family’s financial health.
This magazine’s feature story, “A Better Foundation: Building Economic Prosperity with Truly Affordable Housing,” highlights a central theme of the report, The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters: that affordable housing encompasses a broader range of economic issues than the price of a home.
In addition, we share stories from area nonprofits that used SAVI data to help obtain funding for job training programs, and feature a new web tool, the community assessment and planning tool which allows users to develop custom and updatable research reports. Read now!
By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern
Poverty does not affect all populations equally. Unfortunately, women, people of color, and people with less education are statistically more likely to fall below the poverty line. However, summarized statistics cannot always tell the whole story. Often times, when studying economic indicators, it often helps to look at data spatially. Overall, the aforementioned groups may be more likely to live in poverty, but we live in a complex world with many spatial factors influencing local economies.
When looking at multiple data displayed on a single map, it is possible to illuminate many storylines playing out in local communities.. This gives a much better picture of what life and the economy look like for local Indianapolis Neighborhood areas. This dashboard attempts to do just that. The map below shows Indianapolis neighborhood areas shaded by their local poverty rate. Darker red represents higher rates of impoverishment and lighter red representing less. The poverty rates for different populations in these areas are visualized below the map.
Hopefully this dashboard has led you down a path of discovery. If you want more inspiration for a learning journey, head over to indyvitals.org to check out many different neighborhood indicators and their interactions for the diverse populations of Indianapolis.
Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics
Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics, will be leading a required course of United Way of Central Indiana’s Fall Community Impact University program for United Way of Central Indiana area directors on November 4. The special class, “SAVI Community Assessment Tool Training Workshop,” will provide an overview of SAVI and discuss community assessments and online resources to help attendees and their agencies understand more about their service areas, identify needs, and find existing resources and collaborators in their communities. The program will also explore the latest SAVI tool to be launched in December, the United Way Community Assessment & Planning tool. At last count, registration was at about 50 attendees, which besides directors includes other United Way team members who will be able to make use of the tools.