City of Indianapolis to spend $7.1M in CARES Act funding to help fight homelessness

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 17:42:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS – The city of Indianapolis will spend $7.1 million in federal CARES Act funding to help rehouse people experiencing homelessness.

The funding will provide up to 12 months of rental assistance and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. According to the city, the goals for the program include helping people obtain housing and increasing self-sufficiency.

The program will be offered without preconditions such as employment, income, criminal record, or sobriety, said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, executive director of Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention. Rental assistance will make up 70% of the program, supportive services 20%, and administrative costs will take up 10% of the funding.

“Living unhoused is incompatible with staying healthy and safe in the midst of this public health crisis. We have an amazing opportunity to leverage this funding and the dedication of our provider community to secure and support hundreds of households through permanent housing,” said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, executive director of CHIP.