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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indiana agency hopes to reach out to nonprofits in the area to improve housing affordability and economic stability.

You will be using a series of webinars to accomplish this. Prosperity Indiana works with approximately 200 agencies across the state. The group’s focus is on racial justice, housing, savings and much more. But the pandemic has exposed some longstanding problems, and now the hope is to expand the reach of nonprofits.

Indiana is one of the cheapest places to live, but housing affordability is still an issue. Prosperity Indiana data shows that there are only 37 housing options for every 100 extremely low-income families.

“Indiana is known to be affordable, but we really have a huge gap in available and affordable housing. Especially for the extremely low to middle income, ”said Marie Beason of Prosperity Indiana.

The hope is that a new $ 50,000 grant from the First Financial Foundation and First Financial Bank will help provide the tools to enhance these opportunities. And they start with nonprofits.

“They’re boots in place to really help define programming capabilities,” said Beason.

The grant will fund a program called Changing4Good. It’s a series of webinars that serve as some kind of educational resource. There is usually a fee for this type of training, but the grant reduces that cost. They target nonprofits that focus on racial justice, affordable housing, savings, and more.

“Houses, old houses demolished. Houses, burned down houses, people living in those old houses that are just awful inside. It’s bad, ”said Skyler Stewart.

The idea has generated some skepticism in the community, and some are wondering if it will actually make things better. Stewart said he was born in the Middle East. She went and came back and said it was easy to see how economic struggles had affected the community. But there is also optimism.

“I think it can get better. I don’t think it’s hard to see. I just think they need help, ”she said.