Indianapolis to receive $9.4M in federal funding for homelessness efforts

Indianapolis will get $9.4 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its “housing first” homelessness efforts, officials announced Wednesday. The strategy prioritizes stable housing, followed by supportive services.

“Today’s announcement takes our ability to serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness to the next level,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett in a written statement. “By leveraging these dollars, American Rescue Plan resources, and the Indianapolis Community Plan to End Homelessness, we’re accelerating our goal of ending the homelessness crisis. We’re grateful to the Biden Administration, HUD, and Rep. Andre Carson for their commitment to supporting our city as we do this work.”

The Continuum of Care Program award is split across nearly 30 projects and includes offerings from the Indiana Youth Group, Adult & Child, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention, Coburn Place, HealthNet, Damien Center, Englewood Community Development Corporation, Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center, Pando Aspen Grove, Horizon House, and Partners in Housing.

Some projects are domestic violence-specific—including rapid rehousing, rental help and wraparound services—while others aim to help at-risk and homeless children and young people with rapid rehousing, transitional housing, wraparound services and diversion programming.

Other programs will focus on long-term housing help for residents considered “chronically homeless.”

Funds will also go to Indianapolis’ Coordinated Entry System, the coalition of housing service providers that connects at-risk and homeless residents to resources.

“We are thrilled with the expansion of funding for housing resources and services for youth and young adult and survivors of domestic violence, and we are eager to see continued investment in solutions that work,” said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, executive director of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention, which leads the Coordinated Entry System.

The Indianapolis Continuum of Care will also get some cash for its Homeless Management Information System database.

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