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Scholar Takes Aim at Communities

Dr. JoAnna Brown is a senior fellow at Sagamore Institute specializing in research aimed at building better urban, rural, and suburban communities.  Her research projects include analyzing Habitat for Humanity’s impact in Greater Indianapolis, the impact of mothers’ mobility on their children’s education, improving financial stability and self-sufficiency of Indianapolis residents, and a statewide analysis of economic development innovations in rural Indiana.

Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity 30 Year Impact Study

The goal of this study was to gauge Habitat Homeowners’ perspectives and thoughts related to homeownership and quality of life. In doing so, this research examined the connection between the ownership of simple, decent, and affordable housing and a homeowner’s quality of life, including: safety, health, education, social connectedness, family interaction and personal well-being, economic prosperity, environmental health, and transportation in Central Indiana.


The purpose of this study is to explore the pattern and causes of frequent household mobility among students living in female–headed households within the Mid-North neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Indiana. The overarching goal is to gain better insight and understanding of these phenomena within the study area in order to assist housing agencies and education-related institutions with programming and/or fund development to decrease residential and student mobility. 

Carriage House East Resident Perception Assessment

The purpose of this research is to conduct a market study to determine the demand from adults (18 years old and above) residing within the Carriage House East Apartments (within the Far Eastside neighborhood) to participate in opportunities to improve career readiness, promote family self-sufficiency and financial stability.

stellar indiana

Launched in 2010, the Indiana Stellar Communities Program (ISCP) is a multi-year, over $58 million (investments to date) initiative operated by the Indiana Lieutenant Governor’s office and funded by three state agencies: the Indiana Housing and Community Economic Development Authority, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

State of the State: Housing Perspectives from the Field

This research evaluates Indiana housing-related trends post-recession. In doing so, Sagamore Institute researches surveyed and interviewed housing professionals across the state to explore what they were experiencing in their regions/professions related to housing needs and opportunities. This research not only examines post-Great Recession housing-related trends, it highlights critical issues facing housing professsionals and advocates across the state.

Indiana Community Needs Assessment

The goals of Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the community action network in Indiana are to improve the lives of citizens through efforts to enhance employment, education, financial literacy and management, health, proper nutrition, promote self-sufficiency, access to emergency resources, and link Hoosiers in need with service providers and resources.