Indianapolis lands additional $7M for homeless programs

Indianapolis has been allocated $7.12 million in additional federal funding to help homeless populations, the city announced Thursday.

The funds come from an extra $4 billion authorized by Congress for the Housing & Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grants program.

The $7.12 million comes on top of a record $6.3 million the city was awarded in January.

“It is welcome news that the City of Indianapolis will be receiving additional federal assistance for our most vulnerable neighbors,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in written comments. “The $7 million in Emergency Solutions Grants will allow our community to make meaningful investments that will help to provide additional resources for those experiencing homelessness as we rebuild our city from the damage caused by the COVID-19.”

Indiana received more than $30 million in the latest round of funding, on top of $23.8 million it was allocated in January. Those funds were designated to help 89 programs across the state.

The allocated funding in the latest round can be used to:

– Make more emergency shelters available for homeless individuals and families;
– Operate emergency shelters by providing food, rent, security, maintenance, repair, fuel, equipment, insurance, utilities, furnishings, and supplies necessary for their operation;

– Provide hotel/motel vouchers for homeless families and individuals;

– Provide essential services to people experiencing homelessness, including child care, education services, employment assistance, outpatient health services, legal services, mental health services, substance abuse treatment services, and transportation;

– Prevent individuals from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house homeless individuals.

The city said it would release more information about its plans for the funds in coming weeks.

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