At Urban Hope, our minds are united in understanding the current condition. Currently one in three Indianapolis children are growing up in poverty. The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently reported that Indianapolis is among the nation’s top five cities in increasing rates of child poverty. The Brookings Institute recently found that Indianapolis is one of three U.S. cities experiencing the highest levels of concentrated poverty. On a national level, the National Center for Health Statistics recently reported that 77.3% of non-immigrant African American births in the U.S. were born out of wedlock. Communities with high levels of poverty generally endure the highest levels of crime, drug use and teen pregnancy while experiencing the lowest levels of education.
In our home zip code (46201), only 34% of youth entering high school will graduate, half live in poverty, half grow up in fatherless homes. Registered sex offenders are 5 times higher than the city average, and the murder rate is 200% higher than the city average.