Our local Real Estate Board (MIBOR) is turning 100 in 2012 and as part of that has taken on the Build a Legacy project.
The REALTOR Foundation is pledging $500,000 to facelift an emerging neighborhood. They are asking each REALTOR to give $100.00 and there are 6,000 of us (guess they assume some won’t give!).
There are many parts of downtown Indianapolis that are under revitalization. More and more people want to be part of living in urban Indy. As Indianapolis prepares to host the Super Bowl in 2012, there are many projects underway to make the host city stand out.
One of those projects is on the Near Eastside; there is a neighborhood that has been targeted for growth. There are 300 homes there that have been part of a redevelopment project. It is that neighborhood that has become the cornerstone of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee’s Legacy efforts. The REALTOR Building a Legacy effort is planning to renovate and/or build 32 (or 10%) of those homes.
Why 32 you ask? Good question; it is the number of cities represented in the NFL. These 32 houses will provide shelter and a haven to 32 families coming out of or on the verge of homelessness. They will be used to transition those families into home ownership.
The families that will be eligible for this program will have professional supportive assistance to stay housed and develop their plan for home ownership. As they transition out into their own home, those 32 homes will be ready for a new family to occupy and begin their journey.
Did I say that I am proud of my local Board; because it is an endeavor that speaks to my heart and every heart of a REALTOR. We are in the business of providing housing for families; how apropos to be able to be a part of this legacy. My Pay It Forward is not only in the $100; but to also assist those families with the things they need so that they can focus on moving in to those homes and out into real home ownership. It is despite what many people have taken issue with lately, the American Dream.