Near Eastside Impact Study – Results of the Building a Living Legacy Project

House Before   House After 2

In 2012, MIBOR members donated $500,000 to lift up an emerging neighborhood in a project called Building a Living Legacy: Centennial Project.

The Building a Living Legacy housing initiative was one component of the larger 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Housing Legacy project, which involved a series of major capital investments across Indianapolis’ Near Eastside. The 32 new and rehabilitated homes were funded through a broad partnership involving the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Indianapolis, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the United Way of Central Indiana.

MIBOR and The REALTOR® Foundation worked in partnership with the John H. Boner Community Center, Indy-east Asset Development Corp, and other partners for more than three years to renovate and/or build 32 homes, which (the number selected to represent 32 NFL cities) currently house 32 families coming out of, or on the verge of, homelessness. Each home provides permanent supportive housing on a continual basis with vital social services provided by the John H. Boner Community Center.

Snapshot on the residents:

  • All 32 housing units are currently occupied by families/individuals that were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • There are over 100 families/individuals on a waiting list for the program.
  • All residents are currently enrolled in at least one counseling program with the Boner Center (homeownership, budgeting, job search, etc.)
  • 44 households assisted to-date:
  • 23 are original residents
  • 189 people (131 of which are kids, ~2/3rds)
  • 86% have income <$10k (highest is $31k)
  • Rents range from $341 to $616 (average is $425)
  • 6 of the 44 were directly from homeless shelters
  • 3 of the 44 involve family reunification
  • 1 has gone on to become a homeowner

Author and Research Analyst: Todd Sears, Pyxso Analytics


Bill Hacker, a MIBOR member and the Building a Living Legacy Campaign Chair, provides a member’s perspective on this initiative in the following one minute video:

Hear from Bill Hacker about the outcome of the project, the transformation of the neighborhood in the following video: