• Houses for Homeownership
    Houses for Homeownership

    Our flagship initiative has provided home ownership opportunities in the Near East. We have built or renovated more than 90 houses since 2010–most as affordable homeownership opportunities.

    Thanks to funding and partnerships with the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, we are currently building or restoring more affordable houses for homeownership in St. Clair Place and Springdale neighborhoods.

  • Homesteading

    In 2013, NEAR launched the Homesteading Initiative here in the Near East. Through it, we help lower-income individuals or families who purchase an abandoned house to stabilize and renovate it over the span of 2 years.

    This initiative requires homebuyers who are ready to put in serious sweat equity on bringing an abandoned house to full rehabilitation. We help with grants and no-interest loans from the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) to make it possible to move in. Homesteaders make a commitment to secure INHP financing to complete rehabilitation within 2 years.

    If you’re interested in taking part in this program, contact Joe Smoker. We can help you identify potential properties and begin the process of purchasing your new home.

  • Homeowner Repair
    Homeowner Repair

    NEAR can offer Near East homeowners referrals to the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) for homeowner repairs. Through no-interest loans provided by INHP (attached as a property lien), homeowners with incomes at or less than 80% of the area median income can receive essential repairs by qualified contractors. NEAR focuses exclusively on owner-occupied homes in the Near East area.

  • Industrial Space Clean-up & Reuse
    Industrial Space Clean-up & Reuse

    We work with a range of City, funding, and programming partners to envision creative ways to reinvest in and reuse a number of industrial spaces on the Near Eastside. Our primary focus is Sherman Park, formerly the RCA/Thomsen Consumer Electronics TV assembly plant at Sherman & Michigan. Currently, we are utilizing an EPA Area-Wide Planning Grant to guide community stakeholders to develop a reuse plan for the 50-acre Sherman Park.

    With our partners, we also support clean-up and reuse of Ruby Park, the Mass Ave./Brookside Drive industrial corridor, and East Washington Street. Together, these brownfield spaces amount to more than 250 currently unusable acres in our community. We are seeking creative ways to clean them up and redeem them for the good of our community.

  • Housing & Infrastructure Survey
    Housing & Infrastructure Survey

    We have engaged residents to help us initiate and complete the Near Eastside Housing & Infrastructure Survey. This tool maps the condition of every street in our community, from broken sidewalks to vacant properties. Each neighborhood is provided with an electronic copy of the survey in order to advocate for improvements in their respective area.

    We are using this survey, along with the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan, to prioritize and complete improvements throughout our community.

  • Caulk of the Town
    Caulk of the Town

    We are planning now for the 2018 Caulk of the Town event.

    Caulk of the Town is a one-day, community-wide home weatherization event. It’s neighbors caring for neighbors, neighborhoods, and housing. Start at 8 am and you’re finished before 1 pm–a great half-day of making a difference with neighbors and our community!

    NEAR is teaming up with Indy Do Day to make Caulk of the Town even better than before.

    We’re looking for volunteers — individuals and teams of 4 to 7 volunteers.

    We are ALSO looking for Near Eastside houses to weatherize!


    We’re looking for individual volunteers and volunteer teams to come together, roll up your sleeves, and weatherize a Near Eastside home. No experience/expertise necessary. We give you a t-shirt, lunch, and all the tools and supplies needed to make a difference on this day.


    We’re looking for owner-occupied or rented houses to weatherize. Is it yours? Or, to you know of a neighbor who needs this service? Please click here to complete and submit our online form to get the process started. Or, download and print our Home Weatherization Application. If the house is rented, written permission from the homeowner for weatherization will be required.


    We’re looking for sponsors who, for $200, can supply all the materials and tools needed for weatherizing a house. With your house sponsorship, we’ll add you name/logo to the t-shirt, social media, and promo material for the event. If you can offer in-kind tools and weatherization supplies, we’d love to talk with you, too.