Indy awarded nearly $4M to combat youth homelessness

Posted at 2:51 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 14:51:57-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development granted Indianapolis nearly $4 million last week to help reduce youth homelessness in the city.

HUD awarded $75 million to 23 communities across the country, with $3.88 million going to Indianapolis as part of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

The city will use the money with the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention to support housing and services for people under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness. The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program will be a two-year program that includes collaborating with people who’ve previously experienced homelessness.

“We believe every youth and young adult has the right to be housed and connected to care,” CHIP Executive Director Chelsea Haring-Cozzi said in a release. “That is the vision of the Indianapolis Coordinated Community Plan to Resolve Homelessness for Youth and Young Adults. Empowered by the Indianapolis Continuum of Care with support from CHIP, the Homeless Youth Taskforce and Youth Action Board have been dedicated to elevating the issue of youth homelessness, prioritizing housing options, and breaking down systemic barriers to create effective and long-term solutions to ending youth and young adult homelessness. YHDP brings our community one step closer to realizing this vision and to moving this work forward.”

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