(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $23,770,934 in FY2019 Continuum of Care Grants (CoC) Tier 1 grants to aid in combating the homelessness crisis.
This $23 million investment in ending homelessness includes $1,658,493 combined for Centerstone Indiana Inc., Indiana University Health Bloomington, Inc., and Shalom Community Center, Inc in Bloomington; $220,191 for LifeSpring, Inc. in Jeffersonville; and $56,148 for Blue River Services, Inc. in Corydon.
U.S. Representative Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09), who represents Bloomington, Jeffersonville, and Corydon, has contributed to efforts to reduce homelessness in Indiana. As an active member of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, Hollingsworth introduced the Yes in My Backyard Act, a bipartisan bill to help prioritize measures that will increase housing supply and affordability.
He also introduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Protections for Rural Women Act of 2019, a crucial step toward protecting victims of domestic violence from homelessness, regardless of their zip code.
Hollingsworth has personally met with the hardworking staff members leading these programs and nonprofit providers to discuss the housing issues they see in their neighborhoods.
“Lack of access to safe and affordable housing continues to be a problem across the country in rural and urban communities alike,” said Rep. Hollingsworth. “I’m thankful for this investment in solving the crisis so all families can put a roof over their heads.”
HUD’s CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness, providing the necessary resources to help local programs assist those in need, and optimizing self-sufficiency for individuals who are experiencing homelessness.