Muncie Star Press: “The Whitely Community Council has received $500,000 of the city’s American Rescue Plan funds for the development of a center to house nonprofits aiding low-income people”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated the brighter future the American Rescue Plan is STILL creating for Muncie. The Whitely Community Council will invest about $500,000 to create a center for nonprofit organizations that will help low-income Hoosiers across the community. At least three organizations have already reserved space that will help create a better future for families most in need. Indiana Democrats like André Carson and Frank Mrvan delivered these investments to Hoosiers in Delaware County when it mattered most.
In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party – including U.S. Congresswoman Victoria Spartz – said “NO” to this brighter future. Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer called this project “socialism” – claiming the Republicans’ opposition was a “great campaign to run on”. The Indiana GOP’s opposition to the kitchen-table issues is another reminder they have no plan for Indiana’s future – just abiding by an extremist agenda.
Here’s a look at how the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver for Hoosiers in Muncie:
Muncie Star Press: $500,000 to help Whitely Community Council develop center to provide clinic, other aid
The Whitely Community Council has received $500,000 of the city’s American Rescue Plan funds for the development of a center to house nonprofits aiding low-income people from across the city. The effort will be aimed in particular at people living in poverty near the center located in the Whitely neighborhood and across northeast Muncie.
Muncie City Council’s vote on Monday to grant the funds was unanimous and supported by the city administration.
“The best way to serve people is to meet them where they are at,” said City Council President Jeff Robinson, who led the effort to make the award the neighborhood organization. […]
Plans call for renovation of the Whitely neighborhood group’s offices at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Centennial Avenue to include space for nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of the city’s poor. Potential anchor tenants that have expressed interest in locating in the facility, according to Ken Hudson, executive director of the Whitely Community Council, include:
- Open Door Health Services, which would provide a health clinic in the building.
- PathStone, which offers financial literacy services and homeownership counseling.
- The Innovation Connector, which helps develop entrepreneurial projects within communities.
Mental health services also would be a part of the center’s mission, he said.