Progress in Indy’s six focus areas will be revealed Tuesday, DPS says five lives already saved

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 24, 2015) – Curious how it’s going in the six most-challenged areas of the city?

The Department of Public Safety will host a meeting Tuesday to talk about how it’s going in the focus areas since work began in 2014. DPS says the meeting will be a snapshot of some of the work in progress.

The focus areas are West 16th Street and North Tibbs Avenue, West 29th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Streets, West 34th and North Illinois Streets, East 38th Street and North Sherman Drive, East 42nd Street and North Post Road, and East New York Street and North Sherman Drive.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says the Indianapolis Fire Department will update efforts, including the five lives that have been saved since working with the American Red Cross to install smoke detectors in homes.

The Department of Code Enforcement will talk about the 25-35% of vacant homes in the areas and the plans to help with that problem.

“What we’re asking is for the residents of Indianapolis, roll up your sleeves, give up your time, give money to social service programs in these areas and help make a difference in a young person’s life,” said Riggs.

Pace Learning Center, Midtown Mental Health, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, Man in the Mirror and the Indy Public Safety Foundation will also give progress reports.

The first official update is set for April and Riggs says early numbers are optimistic.

Everyone is invited to the meeting on Tuesday from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Regional Operations Center at 201 North Shadeland Avenue.

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