The city of Indianapolis on Wednesday was awarded a record $6.3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for initiatives and organizations that aim to eliminate homelessness.
The continuum of care grant funding, which is awarded annually, this year is expected to provide support to about 6,500 local programs across the country that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
In Indiana, HUD awarded nearly $23.8 million that will support 89 programs across the state. More than $6.3 million of that will go to Indianapolis.
The funds are distributed annually, and the amount Indianapolis received this year is about 13% higher than in 2019, when the city was awarded more than $5.75 million.
Indianapolis organizations that were awarded program funds in this year’s round include Coburn Place ($1.16 million), the Damien Center ($436,644), the Julian Center ($376,526), Homeless Initiative Program ($725,532), Adult and Child ($534,139), CHIP ($136,878), Englewood Community Development Corp. ($100,608), Partners in Housing ($1.26 million), and Midtown Mental Health ($1.2 million).
Funding also went to the Homeless Management Information System, which is managed by CHIP, and to a planning grant for the city. Funding that was new this year—rather than being renewed from last year—included roughly $733,000 for Coburn Place that will assist victims of domestic violence.
The funding is highly competitive, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan said during a press conference Wednesday morning.
“Local agencies across Indiana have worked diligently to end homelessness, resulting in nearly a 15.2% reduction in overall homelessness since 2010,” he said. “We hope to keep the momentum going and are here to support agencies in their tireless efforts to end homelessness as we know it.”
The goal, including locally, is to make homelessness easier to escape. If the problem can’t be eliminated altogether, agencies and organizations want to ensure it’s rare, brief and not reoccurring.
During CHIP’s annual point-in-time count in 2019 (which takes place in cities across the country annually during the end of January and serves as a census of a city’s homeless population), 1,600 people were experiencing homelessness, meaning they were sleeping in temporary quarters, transitional housing or on the street. This year’s point-in-time count has already occurred and results are expected next month.
“The 13% increase in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will go a long way in supporting our efforts to ensure homelessness in Indianapolis is rare, short-lived, and recoverable,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in written comments. “One of the most exciting components of this year’s announcement is that the city received bonus funding for a project that focuses on one of our most vulnerable populations, victims of domestic violence. This latest round of grants ensures that incredible community organizations like Coburn Place receive program funding.”