February SoIndy Action Team Meetings:
We collaborate and leverage resources to implement
the 172 action steps of the South Indy Quality of Life Plan:

February 6 @ 5:30pm, Books & Brews, 3808 Shelby St
N'hood banner project update, building community partnerships, plan events

February 6 @ 6:30pm, Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 Cruft St.
Team will join the Manual/Emma Donnan Schools Transition Task Force Mtg.

February 7 @ 5:30pm, Raymond F. Brandes School, 4065 Asbury
Planning quarterly education & workforce development events, connecting trades programs to local job opportunities

February 11 @ 6:00pm, Health Pavilion Room 202 (UIndy) 
We are promoting affordable housing, housing repair, and responsible landlords

February 13 @ 6:00pm, Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 Cruft Street
Promoting economic development along the Shelby Street Village Business Corridor

February 13 @ 6:30pm, Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 Cruft Street
Promoting accessible, clean, and safe sidewalks & bicycle trails

February 20 @ 5:30pm, Health Pavilion Room 202 (UIndy) 
Promoting healthy and affordable food options, improving environmental issues impacting our neighborhoods, and expanding green and recreational spaces in the community

February SoIndy Neighborhood Meetings:

February 19 @ 6:30pm, Burrello Family Center 
[ Childcare available, to sign up email garfieldparkneighbors@gmail.com ]

M eridian Raymond   @MeridianRaymond
February 26 @ 7:00pm, 2112 S. Pennsylvania St.

Carson Heights  @carsonheightsneighborhood

February 28 @ 7:00pm, St Roch Parish Life Center, 3603 S Meridian St
First Friday on Shelby Street - February 1, 2019
Support SoIndy's art community while catching up with friends and neighbors at these great destinations:
More Soindy Community Opportunities
Wednesday, 2/6, 6:30pm: Manual HS/Emma Donnan Schools Task Force Community Meeting at Tube Factory Artspace. RSVP HERE

Sunday, 2/10, 2-5pm: Concord Trivia Night at Scarlet Lane Brewery
Register now:  hrobbins@concordindy.org  The moderated event will feature a general variety of questions and lively competitions throughout the day. Light snacks will be provided, full meals may be ordered, and Scarlet Lane will serve beer and cider. 

Monday, 2/11, 7pm: Town Hall Meeting about Crime at Southeast Community Services brought to you by Southeast Community Resource District Council in partnership with Southeast Community Services and IMPD Southeast. If you have a question for the panel please send to secrdc317@gmail by February 6th.

Thursday, 2/14, 1:30pm: Internet Basics workshop at Garfield Park Library

Tuesday, 2/19, 6:30pm: Building Communities Through Land Use Policy at the Tube Factory Artspace.
Join us for a Fireside Chat with the Indianapolis MPO's Sean Northup and Indianapolis Department for Metropolitan Development's Jessica Thorpe to talk about the Marion County Land Use Plan, land uses' importance for community building, and how it will impact neighborhood redevelopment in the future. This will be an opportunity to learn about the land use policy and zoning process as well as learn the importance of population and job density and integrating land use policy with transportation practices. Before our speakers come up, we will hold a Strong Indy meetup to discuss future items of business.

Wednesday, 2/20:
  • 1:30pm: Cutting the Cord at Garfield Park Library
This class is designed for adults who are looking for cheaper alternatives to pricey cable and satellite television packages. By the end of this class, students will know more about the pros, cons, and costs of streaming platforms such as Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. Students will also learn about streaming media offered by the library, including Freegal, Hoopla, and OverDrive, which are free to Indianapolis Public Library cardholders.
  • 5:30-7:30pm: Mayor's Neighborhood Resource Fair at Southport High School
  • 6:00pm: Library CEO, Jackie Nytes, at Garfield Park Library
L e arn about trends and activities throughout the Library system, and share thoughts about how the Library can better serve patrons' needs in an informal and conversational setting. This year's session also will provide an introduction to the Library's new website and catalog.

Saturday, 3/9: Neighbor Power Indy at Marian University
A day of fun, interactive neighbor-led workshops and networking. This yeaar's theme is connecting people and places. Register now!

Fridays (except 2/1), 5pm: Bi-lingual Nutrition & Yoga , Free at Tube Factory Artspace

Saturdays, 9am: VITA Tax Services (for HHs under $66K/year) at Southeast Community Services . Self-serve tax program at MyFreeTax.com

2nd Tuesdays (1-3pm) and 3rd Tuesdays (4-6pm): Open Computer Lab at Garfield Park Library

4th Mondays, 5-7pm: Minecraft Club (free) at Garfield Park Librar y Register by calling 317-275-4490.
Business and Job News
Increase the safety of your business and customer parking
by applying for street lighting through the

To request a streetlight, visit the   Request a New Streetlight Page .

Operation Night Light is an initiative to install up to 4,000 new streetlights in Indianapolis by investing the savings generated from converting city-funded streetlights to more efficient LED technology.

  • Job Center at Garfield Park Libary: Tuesdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm

  • HiringHoosiers is a new initiative from RTV6 that works to connect Hoosiers to employment opportunities, career development resources, training programs and educational paths.

  • City-funded jobs for the homeless PROPOSAL NO. 88 - "approves an additional appropriation of $300,000 in the 2019 Budget of the Office of Public Health and Safety to contract with service providers to hire homeless neighbors to assist in cleaning, beautification and litter abatement, support entities providing wrap-around support services, supplement housing needs, and other necessities of homeless individuals and support programs". This proposal is being introduced. It would provide City-funded jobs for the homeless and other services. More details on this initiative will be discussed in committee. For more information contact your City County Council Representative:- District 16-Jefferson Shreve (jefferson@shreve.org), District 21- Frank Mascari (frank.mascari@indy.gov), District 24 - John Wesseler (john.wesseler@indy.gov), District 20 - Jason Holliday (jasonhollidayccc20@gmail.com).

Pathways to Health Careers
connects students and adult learners to careers.

Summer camp registration open (cost: $10-$25 commitment fee):
Doctor camp, grades 5-8 at IU School of Medicine
Camp MD, grades 9-12 at IU School of Medicine
Physical Therapy Camp, grades 9-12 at UIndy
Health Careers Camp, grades 9-12 at UIndy
Health Care HOOPS Camp, grandes 6-12 at UIndy
Pharmacy Camp, grades 9-12 at UIndy

Pathways to Adult Learning
Adults over 25 can earn a $500 stipend while learning about a new career path
Housing Tips from INHP (Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership)

Thinking about buying or refinancing your home?
Buying or refinancing a home can feel very overwhelming. From unfamiliar lending terms to sharing personal information, finding someone you trust to help you is important.

Here are three things you can do to ensure you don’t get taken advantage of if you’re considering purchasing or refinancing a home:

1. Learn how to spot a scam. Predatory lending happens when the loan benefits the lender at the expense of the borrower. If the interest rate seems too good to be true, the lender is pressuring you to act fast, or fees or terms suddenly change without good reason, you may be working with a predatory lender. Investopedia offers tips on how to protect yourself from being taken advantage of.
2. Check with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB offers tools and resources for homebuyers and homeowners. Whether you’re getting a mortgage or want to learn about home equity loans, you can find clear, impartial answers to hundreds of financial questions. It also has a Consumer Complaint Database you can use to check for issues with your chosen lender.
3. Explore your options. Remember you always have choices. If you’re buying a home and facing obstacles like imperfect credit, student loan payments or a limited amount of down payment funds, you can still generally find multiple mortgage options. And, if you don’t find your options appealing now, consider waiting to purchase a home while you work on making financial improvements.

Considering a cash-out refinance?
Make sure you educate yourself about interest rates, your home’s equity and think about how much longer you’d like to live in your home. It could be that refinancing isn’t the best option, depending on your plans.

Whether you’re looking for tips on how to budget or want to learn about home mortgage options including refinancing your home, the trusted experts at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) can provide you with the tools you need to achieve homeownership or sustain your investment. Check out their list of in-person or online classes. Most are free. Or, consider scheduling a homebuyer assessment with the unbiased INHP team. They’ll help you understand where you are in your homebuying journey and recommend your next steps.
Call 317-610-4663 for more information, or visit INHP.org.
Winter Assistance to Stay Warm

Citizens Energy Group changed the energy assistance income guidelines, you may now qualify. A family of 4 can make up to $11,410 in the past 3 months to qualify. If approved, your gas service is protected from disconnection between December 1 and March 15. Go to IndyEAP.org to make your appointment or try CitizensEnergyGroup.com/help.

Homeless Winter Contingency Plan:
Wheeler Mission Ministries (WMM) – Shelter for Men (SFM) is the coordinating agency for homeless men: 520 E. Market Street, Office: (317) 687-6795
Wheeler Mission Ministries – Center for Women and Children (CWC) is the coordinating agency for homeless women, women with children and families: 3208 E. Michigan Street,
Office: (317) 637-2916
Referrals:On both Weather Nights and non-Weather Nights, referrals will be accepted from the police, outreach teams, hospitals, and other referring agencies on a 24-hour basis.

Make sure to check on neighbors and help feed and water the outdoor critters.
We are #soindy!
South Indy Quality of Life Plan