- Finalizing a “photovoice” project in partnership with UofL’s Hite Institute of Art & Design. This is project will tell stories around YALift!, our guaranteed income pilot to create photovoice art projects focused on topics such as: economic security, financial independence, and guaranteed income. This will culminate in an exhibit open to the community that will be hosted by the Social Practice Lab in mid-November.
- We are assembling our storytelling cohort for YALift! We have a list of four interested individuals, representative of all target neighborhoods, and will share their stories about their experience in the guaranteed income pilot.
- We are starting to see data from our new YaLift! initiative and will be sharing stories from participants later this fall.
Initial data shows that the majority of the funds tracked were spent on basic necessities like food, household goods, and transportation.
- Launched housing pilot in Southern Indiana with Salvation Army that is focused on moving individuals towards home ownership.
- Phase four of home repairs for homeowners that are disabled and over age 60 in the California neighborhood is beginning. The total number of homes rehabbed is 25 so far this year. Previous phases of this work took place in April, May, and August 2022. These home repairs are part of a larger strategy of keeping seniors in their owned homes, thus building wealth for themselves and future generations in the neighborhood.
- Supporting the completion of a resident-driven project in the California neighborhood that has been identified as a priority by neighbors to construct a neighborhood shed with additional lawncare tools to store in the shed that can be used by neighborhood residents this fall. MUW is also connecting volunteers to help finish the construction.