Announcing The Foundation Layers Campaign

2021 has been a monumental year for those of us working on the building of Circle City Village. We have crossed some important milestones as we seek to build a community that will be a pathway to healing and sustainable living for friends experiencing homelessness. In March, we received zoning approval to redevelop a 1.65-acre lot on S Lynhurst Dr as the site of the first tiny house village in Indianapolis. We are currently working with a civil engineer on our stormwater management plan and will soon be working with an architect to submit our building designs to the city for building permits.

This progress brings us to the next major step in the process of building Circle City Village, preparing the site for the construction of the community building and 18 tiny houses. This will include tasks such as moving soil to ensure proper drainage, installing utility lines for each unit, and laying pavement and sidewalks.  As I think about this phase of the project, I am reminded how important it is for each of us to have a good foundation in life. In the same way, a good structural foundation for our village will help us be a place where those transitioning out of homelessness can begin to lay a good foundation for a sustainable life in the future.

In preparing for this phase, we are launching a campaign called Foundation Layers Campaign. As news about our project has spread, we have had several churches and organizations approach us about ways they can be of assistance with this project. With the Foundation Layers Campaign, we hope to raise $200,000 of the funds we need for materials, supplies, and fees for site preparation. We hope to complete much of this work with the help of volunteer labor and pro-bono assistance, but there will be materials we need to purchase that may not come through in-kind donations.

We recently received a generous $30,000 grant from the H.G, Clay Foundation that will serve as the cornerstone for this campaign. We are looking for churches and organizations that would join this foundation in contributing to this campaign. There are three different ways a church or organization could invest in the lives that will be changed through the work of Circle City Village:

  1. As you plan your budget for 2022, consider designating a portion of your charitable activities budget to this project.
  2. If your organization does any type of drive or collection during the holiday season, consider designating that collection to Circle City Village this year.
  3. Organize a team that would help us with the labor for one portion of the project early next year. We would expect that each team would also contribute to the materials needed for their portion of the project.

Your support at this critical stage allows future Village residents to have the life-giving elements of water and warmth, vital to the foundations of creating a community!

If you would like a team member to present the vision of this project and the need to your organization, we will do our best to make a team member available or, at least, send a video that you can use as part of your announcement. All churches and organizations that participate in the Foundation Layers campaign will be acknowledged on the website and with a display on the property once the village is built.

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Thank you to the H.G. Clay Foundation for their generous $30,000 donation to help us launch the Foundation Layers Campaign.

New Partnership

We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with Community Action of Greater Indianapolis (CAGI) as a hub. CAGI’s ultimate goal is to end poverty! We are excited to partner with them and have CAGI as a resource to our community! This is a blessing for our neighbors. They will be joining us on April 24th, 10am -1pm in our parking lot with Lazarus Living. To find out more check out their website www.cagi-in.org

Public Information Meetings July 14

Based on public input and feedback from the Indianapolis City Planners Office, we have made some changes to our layout and number of tiny houses. We are planning two public information meetings (one in-person and one virtual) Tuesday, July 14 to give people an opportunity to learn more about these changes.

The in-person meeting will be July 14 at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary of Lynhurst Baptist Church. The address is 1250 S. Lynhurst Dr. Indianapolis. Those in attendance will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing according to recommended COVID 19 guidelines. For those who are in high-risk health categories or concerned about meeting in public, we will have a virtual meeting via Zoom the same evening beginning at 8:00 PM. To participate in this meeting, simply click on this link after 7:55 PM on Tuesday, July 14. For the virtual meeting, participants will be able to type questions in the chatbox.

As can be seen in the design layout below, we have made some changes to our plans to conform with requests from neighbors and city planners. We have decreased the final number of houses from 28 to 18. We have added a bike storage building where residents can store their bicycles. We have added a sidewalk along the Lynhurst side of the property and are working with other local agencies to lobby for additional sidewalks to make a paved walking path all the way to Washington St for easier access to IndyGo buses. We are also developing plans to add recreational amenities to the old baseball diamond area to convert it into a pocket park that will be available to both residents and neighbors for recreation and community events.

To hear more about our updated plans before we apply for our zoning change, feel free to attend one of the public information meetings below.

In-person Public Information Meeting
July 14, 2020, at 6:30 PM
Lynhurst Baptist Church Sanctuary
Masks and social distancing are required

Virtual Public Information Meeting (via Zoom)
July 14, 2020, at 8:00 PM
Connect via: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83256838425

501(c)3 Determination Letter Has Been Received

For those who have been asking, we received our official 501(c)3 Determination Letter about two weeks ago. Direct donations to Circle City Village will be receipted back to our incorporation date of April 11, 2019. Donations made through the GoFundMe campaign should have already received a receipt directly from the GoFundMe Charity site.

To make a financial donation to this project, mail a check or money order to:

Circle City Villages
4441 Lucky Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Make checks or money orders payable to Circle City Villages.

You can make an online donation via PayPal by clicking the button below.

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In-Kind Donations:

We are also accepting in-kind donations for building materials, volunteer labor, and other items we will need for building this project. If you are interested in making an in-kind donation, please send an email of inquiry to circlecityvillage@gmail.com.