The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $8.1 million in funding to support individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. HUD says the funding will cover the cost of nearly 740 Emergency Housing Vouchers and related administrative costs.
Nationally, HUD is awarding $1.1 billion for 626 public housing authorities administering the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
“Addressing our nation’s homelessness crisis is a top priority for HUD,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge. “With COVID-19 still a threat and with the sweltering summer months just around the corner, the $1.1 billion we are announcing today comes at a critical time in our efforts to get people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into safe, stable homes. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, communities now have the robust resources they need to make significant progress toward ending homelessness.”
The following Indiana public housing authorities received awards:
- Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, 323 – $3,365,028
- Indianapolis Housing Agency, 203 – $2,467,620
- Fort Wayne Housing Authority, 46 – $510,684
- Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette, 38 – $406,584
- Housing Authority of the City of Gary, 28 – $337,692
- Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington, 28 – $325,368
- Housing Authority of the City of Evansville, 26 – $273,756
- Housing Authority of the City of Muncie, 16 – $168,468
- Housing Authority of the City of Terre Haute, 15 – $153,456
- Housing Authority of the County of Fayette, 15 – $131,916
“The funding and implementation of these Emergency Housing Vouchers takes the Housing First approach that ensures housing as a right, not a privilege,” said Midwest Deputy Regional Administrator James Cunningham. “These ARP funds bring Indiana closer to ending homelessness and housing instability.”
The funding is part of $5 billion that the American Rescue Plan Act enabled HUD to allocate in additional vouchers to PHAs.