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(Indianapolis, IN) – Thousands of Hoosiers have called Public Housing Projects “home”, and for a lot of residents, their living situation didn’t slow their success. President and CEO of The Indiana Black Expo is one of many examples of people who left public housing and made a name for herself. After getting pregnant at 19-years-old, Bell entered Section 8 Public Housing, while working on her law degree at Indiana State University. Since then Bell has achieved an education, a leadership job at one of Indiana’s most prominent organizations and has become a well-known face in the Indianapolis community.


Kevin Givens, has a similar story, after growing up in the project north of Downtown Indianapolis. Today, Givens is a Firefighter with the Indianapolis Fire Department.


In Segment 2, Cameron Ridle, political analyst Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Indianapolis Recorder reporter Ebony Chappel, and Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully break down the 2015 Municipal Election in Indianapolis.


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“Indy Speaks with Cameron Ridle” airs Sunday Mornings at 7AM on HOT 96.3. Follow @CameronRidle on Twitter.

Indy Speaks Podcast – 11-1-15: How Public Housing Residents turned into leaders; Countdown to Election Day 2015  was originally published on