Systemic racism has brought fear, anger, pain, lack of opportunity and death to Black people and people of color throughout our community and country. At INHP, we have seen its impact in that it has severely limited access and choice in regards to successfully securing safe, decent and affordable housing. The lack of access and choice are important factors that have prevented people of color from becoming and remaining long-term homeowners. The dream of homeownership – grounded in a desire to be part of the fabric of a community, and the potential to build wealth and opportunity for generations to come – has been stifled for people of color. Additionally, neighborhoods have experienced years of disinvestment and residents today continue to struggle to access food, transportation, education, jobs and medical care. These issues are often the result of historic policies such as redlining that sanctioned housing discrimination.
In 1988, INHP was created to extend – to people and neighborhoods – opportunity grounded in equity, inclusion and justice. INHP has increased affordable and sustainable housing opportunities to people with low and moderate incomes and made catalytic investments in neighborhood development and revitalization. It is only by working with community partners from all walks of life, including government, neighborhood leaders and residents, business, nonprofits, philanthropy and faith institutions, that we have been able to demonstratively impact the quality of life for the people of Marion County and the neighborhoods they choose to call home.
At INHP, we believe every person should have the opportunity to live in a safe, decent, affordable home in a vibrant neighborhood. We were founded upon a partnership culture to help eliminate those barriers, and we work every day to make a difference in the lives of people with low and moderate incomes, including people of color. The work is not done, the need is growing and INHP stands side by side with the community in pursuit of an Indianapolis that is equitable and inclusive for all people.