In our hometown, Indianapolis, construction has begun on 20+ houses that will be offered to teachers at Indianapolis Public Schools and mayoral-sponsored charters. With these homes, which are near local parks, shops, restaurants, and breweries, the city hopes to lure and retain teaching talent.
Teachers who make 120 percent or less of the Marion County median income (under $58,800/year) will be able to buy a house in the village for less than the cost of development and will receive assistance from local vendors. They will be required to live in the homes for five years.
Indy’s Department of Metropolitan Development, Near East Area Renewal, and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership are partnering on this project, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and urban Development and by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. It’s expected to be complete in time for the 2018-19 school year.
At Elevate Teachers, we’re happy to see our government and local organizations taking steps to attract, retain, and make life easier for teachers. We hope the project is a success and inspires other cities to help their teachers out too.
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