Ten Fort Wayne nonprofits have received funding from the city’s federal Community Development Block grant. Mayor Tom Henry has awarded $360,000 with the goal of helping low- and moderate-income residents with shelter, basic needs, employment skills and youth development.
The CDBG grant money is given to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city says the goal of the grant is to fund activities to help residents in the low- and moderate-income range.
"It’s important for our community to work together to make a meaningful difference for individuals and families in need of opportunities for a better future," said Henry. "Fort Wayne is fortunate to have so many deserving organizations committed to enhancing services and possibilities moving forward."
The money has been awarded to the following organizations for their projects:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne: Passport to Manhood, mentoring program for at-risk boys and young men
- BrightPoint: Language Services Network, a program providing translation services for immigrants and refugees
- Catholic Charities: Your Journey Together, a program to mentor families living in shelters
- Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network: Resource Coordinator for families in need of shelter
- Literacy Alliance: Pre-GED and HSE, a program providing instruction for adults whose reading level measures below fifth grade
- Lutheran Social Services: Lasting Stability and Success for Individuals, a program providing comprehensive training and coaching for those who are unemployed or underemployed
- Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana: Wellness Recovery Action Plan, a program helping individuals living in permanent supportive and transitional housing manage mental illness and/or addiction
- SCAN: Courtyard Services for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, a program supporting an overnight case manager to provide Courtyard residents life skills training
- Wellspring: Food Bank and Clothing Shoppe
- YWCA: Employment Services to Empower the Homeless living in transitional or crisis shelters