Fort Wayne giving $1.7M in CARES Act money to help vulnerable populations

Fort Wayne's Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services (OHNS) has been work with local non-profits, funders and the Allen County Department of Health to ensure that the greatest needs are met while not duplicating services.

Posted: May 19, 2020 7:45 PM
Updated: May 20, 2020 10:21 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced on Tuesday that as part of the recent CARES Act, the City will receive about $1.7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

In phase one of investment, the City will help address the need for shelter for those who are homing-insecure or for those who need to quarantine but cannot safely do so in their own home.

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

This is a plan local nonprofits have been working on since early March, immediately recognizing that the pandemic will have an impact on the homeless.

Fort Wayne's Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services (OHNS) has been work with local nonprofits, funders and the Allen County Department of Health to ensure that the greatest needs are met while not duplicating services. 

The City will give approximately $60,000 to assist Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network in offering immediate shelter, meals and case management for single women experiencing homelessness. 

$60,000 will also go to Brightpoint to provide hotel vouchers, case management and meals for individuals and families experiencing homelessness that have no other option for shelter.

President Steve Hoffman says a majority of the calls they’ve received so far are to help those who live in hotels, who aren’t covered by the statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium.

"Quite frankly a lot of programs, state funding and so forth, kind of neglects and the statewide moratorium neglects as well. The people who are living in hotels right now are not covered by the moratorium," Hoffman said.

Approximately $50,000 is being given to Blue Jacket, to provide deep cleaning and sanitizing services for helters and nonprofits.

The largest chunk of phase one money, $200,000, will help continuing services at Northeast Indiana’s regional quarantine shelter set up by a coalition of local nonprofits 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.

Matthew Purkey, President and CEO of the United Way of Allen County described how the shelter works, saying, "At the quarantine center here locally, an individual gets their own room, they get internet access, television. They also get all hygiene items, three meals a day, security."

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 nonprofits.

If you or someone you know needs help, you're asked to call 211 to get connected to the appropriate services.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 728811

Reported Deaths: 13405
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion996911740
Lake53548966
Allen40529675
St. Joseph35596550
Hamilton35536408
Elkhart28470441
Tippecanoe22375218
Vanderburgh22293396
Porter18701307
Johnson17923378
Hendricks17199315
Clark12943191
Madison12612339
Vigo12437246
Monroe11873170
LaPorte11856210
Delaware10667186
Howard9895216
Kosciusko9390117
Hancock8260140
Bartholomew8058155
Warrick7777155
Floyd7653178
Wayne7035199
Grant7032174
Boone6687101
Morgan6557139
Dubois6150117
Marshall6016111
Dearborn580077
Cass5794105
Henry5699103
Noble559883
Jackson501172
Shelby490696
Lawrence4522120
Harrison435072
Gibson434792
DeKalb427185
Clinton427053
Montgomery423688
Whitley395239
Huntington390080
Steuben385557
Miami381166
Knox371890
Jasper364747
Putnam359660
Wabash353479
Adams341054
Ripley339170
Jefferson329281
White313554
Daviess296299
Wells291381
Decatur284792
Fayette279562
Greene277885
Posey271333
Scott265653
LaGrange265570
Clay259447
Washington240332
Randolph239781
Spencer232131
Jennings229849
Starke215953
Fountain212046
Sullivan211442
Owen198756
Fulton194840
Jay193630
Carroll188520
Orange182654
Perry182637
Rush173025
Vermillion168843
Franklin167835
Tipton162845
Parke146116
Blackford134632
Pike133734
Pulaski116645
Newton107734
Brown101941
Crawford99514
Benton98514
Martin88615
Warren81815
Switzerland7858
Union71010
Ohio56511
Unassigned0414

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1082815

Reported Deaths: 19428
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1258081400
Cuyahoga1119722115
Hamilton799721205
Montgomery514061014
Summit47145945
Lucas42119788
Butler38338584
Stark32273906
Lorain24997481
Warren24274298
Mahoning21546588
Lake20653369
Clermont19761238
Delaware18512133
Licking16418212
Fairfield16176199
Trumbull16032468
Medina15268264
Greene15063244
Clark13983299
Wood13080189
Portage12839203
Allen11639232
Richland11349199
Miami10670217
Muskingum8803133
Wayne8793211
Columbiana8778229
Pickaway8564121
Marion8523135
Tuscarawas8473244
Erie7888154
Hancock6914127
Ross6846155
Ashtabula6805170
Geauga6686148
Scioto6406101
Belmont5881167
Union570848
Lawrence5549102
Jefferson5525151
Huron5430119
Darke5355123
Sandusky5347120
Seneca5282121
Athens519158
Washington5155109
Auglaize490784
Mercer480385
Shelby469293
Knox4486110
Madison435661
Putnam4278100
Fulton422469
Ashland421789
Defiance419697
Crawford3975107
Brown394157
Logan381676
Preble379598
Clinton372163
Ottawa366679
Highland355062
Williams339275
Champaign331658
Guernsey315653
Jackson312551
Perry294950
Morrow284939
Fayette281950
Hardin270864
Henry268666
Coshocton265257
Holmes2603101
Van Wert243463
Adams237852
Pike237634
Gallia235349
Wyandot231055
Hocking215362
Carroll191547
Paulding172640
Meigs144840
Noble133337
Monroe132042
Morgan108423
Harrison108137
Vinton83115
Unassigned02
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