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Indianapolis announces recipients for first round of CARES Act funding service grants

The City of Indianapolis announced several organizations that will receive funding to help prevent homelessness.
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Police and merchants say crowds of homeless have been gathering around City Market this summer.

INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis announced recipients of the first round of $2.7 million from the CARES Act. The funding will re-house people living in temporary shelters or housing, help operate emergency temporary shelters and housing, and prevent homelessness for persons affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

The organizations that will receive funding are:

  • ASPIRE Indiana Health
  • Coburn Place Safe Haven
  • Horizon House
  • HVAF of Indiana Inc.
  • Stopover, Inc.
  • Dayspring Center
  • Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis

“As we rebuild our city from the damage caused by COVID-19, these Emergency Services Grant recipients will help our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Indianapolis is lucky to have a dedicated coalition of service providers who assist with shelter, food, healthcare, and other resources to help our residents experiencing homelessness.” 

In June, Congress provided $4 billion for emergency solutions grants programs for local governments to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 among individuals and families who are homeless, receiving homeless assistance, or are at risk of becoming homeless.

The allocated funding 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 childcare, 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 rehouse homeless individuals.