The federal government is giving nearly $18 million to homeless programs in Indiana, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday.
In 2010 President Barack Obama launched a strategy to prevent and end homelessness, and since then thousands of programs across the country have received financial aid.
The newly announced $18 million for over 100 Indiana programs is $2 million more than the state received last year, and a small part of the almost $2 billion sent out nationwide.
Out of the $18 million coming to Indiana, $5 million will go to programs in Indianapolis. Among them are the Damien Center, Coburn Place and The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention, or CHIP.
Annual reports from CHIP have found that above 8,000 people experience homelessness in Indianapolis throughout the year.