City receives $4.9 million for homeless initiatives

July 9, 2010

The city of Indianapolis has received a $4.9 million federal grant that it will use to provide housing for the homeless.

A total of $2.8 million of the award will be used in partnership with three area organizations to furnish new housing for 69 people. The additional $2.1 million will enable the city to renew 15 supportive housing projects.

From the $2.8 million, more than $1.3 million will be used for a Partners in Housing Development Corp. project. The locally based organization is acquiring an existing apartment complex at 310 N. Shortridge St. on the city’s east side. The complex consists of 121 two-bedroom units spread across 11 buildings. Twenty-nine of the units will be dedicated for homeless families with a disabled member.

Wishard Health Services’ Midtown Community Health Center will receive $1.1 million to create a 30-unit shelter to serve the chronically homeless, mentally ill, and drug or alcohol addicted, in addition to those who may be infected with the HIV/AIDS virus.

Dove Recovery House for Women on the city’s near-east side will receive $315,000 to create an additional 10 beds for transitional housing.

The grant, issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is through a program called the Continuum of Care.


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