INDIANAPOLIS — Almost 90 programs that work to serve individuals experiencing homelessness in Indiana received a total of $23.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced during a press conference on Wednesday that funding increased by 13 percent this year.
Ben Carson, HUD's Secretary, announced that $2.2 billion would go toward homeless assistance programs across the nation. Over $9.4 million was awarded to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and more than $6.3 million through the City of Indianapolis.
"The 13 percent increase in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will go a long way in supporting our efforts to ensure homelessness in Indianapolis is rare, short-lived, and recoverable," Mayor Hogsett said. "One of the most exciting components of this year's announcement is that the city received bonus funding for a project that focuses on one of our most vulnerable populations, victims of domestic violence. This latest round of grants ensures that incredible community organizations like Coburn Place receive program funding."
Coburn Place received a total of almost $1.2 million to help expand housing, support, and services to survivors of domestic abuse in Indianapolis.
"In the past four years of offering HUD rapid re-housing services, Coburn Place has housed 79 individuals and families in our community," Julia Kathary, the Coburn Place executive director, said. "With this increase in our HUD rapid re-housing award, Coburn Place expects to house an additional 71 individuals and families just in the next grant year."
Since 2010, Indiana has seen about a 15 percent reduction in overall homelessness, according to Joseph P. Galvan, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.