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City to use emergency funding for quarantine shelter, emergency housing

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Thanks to emergency federal funding, Fort Wayne officials are addressing the need for quarantine shelters for those who are experiencing homelessness.

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) sent Fort Wayne $1.7 million as part of the recent CARES Act that will be used to help some of the city's most vulnerable residents.

“Now more than ever, our community must pull together and help our neighbors in need,” Mayor Henry said.

“These much-needed federal dollars will be put to work quickly to help ensure residents have a safe place to sleep at night, as well as provide our shelters with critical supplies.”

The City’s Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services (OHNS) has been coordinating relief efforts with local non-profits, funders and the Allen County Department of Health to ensure that the greatest needs are met while not duplicating services, a release sent to media said.

The following services are being provided immediately:

  • Temporary shelter for homeless womenThe Fort Wayne area has long had a need for a shelter for single women without addictions and this need is now more prevalent. The City will provide approximately $60,000 to assist Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network in offering immediate shelter, meals and case management for single women experiencing homelessness. The Lutheran Foundation is the fiscal agent for these services.
  • Emergency housing. The City is granting $60,000 to Brightpoint to provide hotel vouchers, case management and meals for individuals and families experiencing homelessness that have no other option for shelter.
  • Quarantine Shelter. Approximately $200,000 will help fund northeast Indiana’s regional quarantine shelter set up by a coalition of local non-profits as a place for people who do not have safe, stable or secure housing to quarantine or isolate. The lead agency for this effort is United Way of Allen County and The Lutheran Foundation is the fiscal agent.
  • Cleaning ProgramApproximately $50,000 is helping Blue Jacket provide deep cleaning and sanitizing services for area homeless shelters and non-profits.
  • PPE and supplies. The City has already purchased and delivered 24 cases (288 bottles) of hand sanitizer to area shelters and will also be providing additional hand sanitizer and masks to local non-profits.

City officials said the locations of the shelters won't be released due to security reasons.

Future phases of the Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services relief efforts will focus on meeting un-met needs in the community related to the current health and economic crisis.

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