The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Indianapolis $3.88 million to assist in ending youth homelessness.
The city’s Department of Metropolitan Development’s Community Investments team will partner with the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention (CHIP) to use the funding to support for people younger than 25 experiencing homelessness.
CHIP director Chelsea Haring-Cozzi says the award will allow the city to target already existing efforts and resources.
“It brings new resources into the community, to really help us support our strategic plan to end youth homelessness,” Haring-Cozzi says. “Those resources can be used for housing interventions and services to support youth ensuring they have the right, and access, to housing and to be connected to the care they need to maintain that housing.”
Every year CHIP conducts the Youth and Young Adult Point in Time Count to collect the number of youth experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis on a single night. Last November’s count found 183 homeless young adults.
Indianapolis is one of 23 communities across the country to win this funding this year.