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!
Communities are continually seeking ways to improve the quality of life of its residents. Addressing the basic needs of shelter, food, safety, and belonging must come first on the road to helping residents thrive. Data helps service providers and community organizers better identify the needs of residents and track progress toward established goals.
In this issue, we share details about our new IndyVitals tool powered by SAVI and discuss how community leaders are using it to help Indy be a better place to live, work and visit. Learn how others have harnessed the power of using data and maps in planning! Read here.
INDIANAPOLIS – Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis wanted to be sure.
The church community had long felt that its Northside Mission Ministry was positively impacting Washington Township, but could anything more be done, any additional resources leveraged?
With help from SAVI, NMM identified needs down to the street level to reveal gaps and identify the crucial unmet needs in their community: housing, utilities assistance, food and clothing assistance. Leveraging its SAVI data, NMM was empowered to build a broad coalition of service providers in the township that is now working to meet these needs.