The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a fiscal ordinance Monday amending the 2021 budget.
The additional $12.9 million will help fund rental assistance, non-congregate shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness, contact tracing, and food assistance programs that have seen increased need amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Republican councilor Paul Annee said he is excited to see how the funds can be utilized to help further the development of the city.
“I think this is a significant step that the city is taking in continuation to revitalize the downtown area since COVID-19." Annee said. "And I think as councillor Barth said, rental assistance is essential, but so is the seeking shelter for high-risk homeless individuals, and I think carrying out parking meter cost and things is really helpful to businesses, so I’m very excited and hope that this money gets put to good use.”
The proposal passed unanimously with bi-partisan support.
The council also recognized first responders, law enforcement and educators during its meeting. Dr. Daniel O’Donnell, an emergency medicine physician, expressed his appreciation on behalf of all first responders.
“During the spring, thanks and recognition were very common. We had people banging pots and pans outside. We had fighter jets flying overhead. But as the year continued, these outward signs of appreciation have certainly dwindled. We appreciate this outward thanks by the council and we greatly appreciate your continued support of our mission," O'Donnell said. "While we are moving forward with this vaccine and certainly there’s a lot of hope, there’s still much work to be done as we work our way out of this pandemic. So, on behalf again of all the Indianapolis’ first responders, we’ll continue to answer the call and we’ll work together to bring our community out of this pandemic.”