U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says his focus for aid to distressed urban areas is to ensure federal assistance programs are effective. Young visited an Indianapolis community resource center Thursday as part of a tour of Indiana communities most in need.
The John H. Boner Community Center works to connect residents with resources for jobs, education and housing.
Young says the federal government can support those kinds of resources through different funding avenues.
“We can help at the federal level through establishing public-private partnerships, there are certain types of funding that are in the form of grants, which I’m in supportive of,” Young says. “But we can also optimize existing programs so we’ll get more bang for the buck.”
Young took a tour of the near eastside Indianapolis center as CEO James Taylor talked through some of the challenges the center tackles in the neighborhood.
The neighborhood ranks in the top 0.9 percent of Distressed Communities Index from the Economic Innovation Group. Young says he and his staff looked at that report to identify areas for the senator to focus on.
“Government is not good at continuous improvement in the end. And this is not, for a lot of my colleagues, their area of greatest interest,” Young says.
Young’s visit to Indianapolis is part of his tour of lower-income rural and urban Hoosier communities. He says he’s visited dozens since July.