About Us

The mission of the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative is to bring together Fort Wayne’s media resources to address complex community challenges by creating and disseminating solid, evidence-based journalism. We envision transforming the nature of local journalism in Fort Wayne and giving our community greater access to solutions-oriented news that encourages civic engagement.

Indiana Cooperative Development Center Cooperatives defined

https://youtu.be/y3LkL8usIGY In this age of skyrocketing real estate prices, it’s time to look at affordable housing from a new perspective. What if there was a solution to the high prices you’re paying for housing, groceries, child care, and so on? In this video, Deb Trocha explains how cooperatives can provide solutions for people who are willing to collaborate in order to solve problems. The Fort Wayne Media Collaborative concentrates its reporting on housing, with a goal of empowering people to figure out their best solutions to the ongoing problem of housing affordability. To find out more about cooperatives and how to start a corporation for a new housing cooperative, or a co-op of any kind, visit fwmediacollaborative.com.

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Indiana Cooperative Development Center Indiana Cooperatives

https://youtu.be/CLa9MjSDDK4 With a lack of legal protections for renters and rising rents here in Indiana, most Hoosiers can’t afford to buy a home of their own. However, they may be able to purchase a home in a cooperative, or start a housing cooperative from scratch with the help of the Indiana Cooperative Development Center. In this video, Deb Trocha of the ICDC talks about Indiana cooperatives and what her organization can do to help those who want to start cooperatives of any kind—such as those related to housing, child care, business, energy, and food—here in Indiana. For more information visit fwmediacollaborative.com

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KHEPRW Goals for Indianapolis Community Land Trust

https://youtu.be/6XO8zWrwZZM Kheprw is a nonprofit organization based in Indianapolis that’s taking an active role in creating affordable housing options for residents by starting a Community Land Trust there. Their strategy is to develop community leaders who can move their CLT project forward and help address some of the inequalities in wealth that have influenced who can afford housing and who cannot. With Indianapolis’ eviction rate soaring to #8 in the US according to the latest numbers out of evictionlab.org, this type of strategic thinking on the part of nonprofits is needed to help provide residents with affordable, long-term housing solutions. A conversation with Alvin Sangsuwangul and Gabi Lorino. For more information, visit kheprw.org For more information, visit...

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KHEPRW Creating a Community Land Trust

https://youtu.be/ZezpeGFx67A How can a community come together to create affordable housing? This video tells the story of different forces that came together in Indianapolis to help start a community land trust. Many factors need to be considered when setting up a nonprofit, finding funding, and developing places where affordable housing such as a CLT can go from idea to reality. A conversation with Alvin Sangsuwangul and journalist Gabi Lorino. For more information, visit kheprw.org For more information visit fwmediacollaborative.com Paid for by the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative.

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KHEPRW Community Land Trusts Benefits and History

https://youtu.be/G9IzjtXTzJw How did housing inequality come about, and what can be done to help people obtain affordable housing in the future? This discussion of Indianapolis’ community land trust and what it aims to create for residents there provides a look into the history of housing in the US as well as the benefits of Community Land Trusts. A conversation with Alvin Sangsuwangul and journalist Gabi Lorino. For more information visit kheprw.org For more information visit fwmediacollaborative.com Paid for by the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative.

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Fort Wayne Local Candidate Forum 2023

Fort Wayne Local Candidate Forum 2023

https://youtu.be/P3PB2CD1vnQ Hear what the candidates on your ballot have to say about their goals for the future of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This local candidate forum took place at the Downtown Allen County Public Library on October 7, 2023. For more information, visit fwmediacollaborative.com Paid for by the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative.

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Fort Wayne Local Candidate Forum 2023

FORT WAYNE CITY GOVERNMENT CANDIDATES DEBATE THE QUALITY OF LIFE

Fort Wayne Media CollaborativeWhat makes a neighborhood healthy? Did Fort Wayne’s glorious, new, sparkly downtowndeprive city neighborhoods of crucial funding they need for amenities of their own? Does the city’s 50-year-old policing system that divides Fort Wayne into quadrants need a reboot? Eleven candidates for city offices debated these issues and more at the Allen County PublicLibrary on Oct. 7 during a forum sponsored by the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative. The collaborative ismade up of seven area news organizations that have banded together to focus on the affordable housingcrisis in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana and the development of healthy city neighborhoods. ElectionDay is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Healthy NeighborhoodsAsked for a definition of a healthy neighborhood, all 11...

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INDY NONPROFIT PROVIDES SOLUTION TO CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS FOR STRUGGLING RESIDENTS

INDY NONPROFIT PROVIDES SOLUTION TO CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS FOR STRUGGLING RESIDENTS

“THE SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS IS HOUSING.” INDIANAPOLIS - Across the board, activists, social workers, academics, and others grappling with the national housing crisis agree that helping people experiencing homelessness find permanent housing is enormously challenging. But beginning in the early 1990s, communities across the country embraced a philosophy that came to be known as “Housing First,” and began providing permanent “supportive” housing with few or no barriers to entrance, while helping clients solve the complex problems that contributed to their homeless status in the first place. In 1993, Indianapolis banker Frank Hagaman recognized that the city was filled with abandoned buildings, while thousands of residents desperately needed safe, affordable housing.  Drawing on his...

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Fort Wayne’s Affordable Housing Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities

Fort Wayne’s Affordable Housing Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities

“Fair housing is all about taking the stigma out of affordable housing.” Sarah Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Fort Wayne Housing Authority (FWHA), spoke at the Fair Housing Summit in April about the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The housing authority’s efforts so far include: A total of 295 landlords participate in the voucher program. Their 2,600 affordable housing units house about 6,000 people.  Over half of voucher beneficiaries are children (under age 17). This means that more than 3,000 kids benefit from housing vouchers in Fort Wayne. Adults make up 47% of voucher beneficiaries.  However, the demand for affordable housing has grown. “We need more. We are doing great, but we need more.” Several factors contribute to this need.  The national poverty rate averages...

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