The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated nearly $3 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants to support the homeless community and those at risk of becoming homeless due to hardships caused by COVID-19. Indiana is set to receive over $30 million.
HUD says the 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 vouchers for homeless families and individuals and prevent individuals from becoming homeless and rapidly rehouse homeless individuals.
The funding could go toward providing 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.
The grant recipients include:
- Hammond – $649,003
- South Bend – $787,585
- Evansville – $941,088
- Gary – $1,093,079
- Fort Wayne – $1,157,870
- Indianapolis – $7,122,695
- Indiana non-entitlement – $18,411,073